Why is it important to clean our waterways and oceans?
Ocean Blue Project began in Oregon and is now active in seven States (California, Florida, New York, Oregon, South Carolina, Texas, and Washington), covering significant coastal areas in the United States. In 2019, Ocean Blue Project expanded its international activities and its first Chapter in Brazil was established in the State of Goiás.
In 2019, Ocean Blue Project has engaged 2,000 volunteers in Oregon, 2,000 in California, and 1,000 in Washington and Florida at 200 beach clean-ups.
Ocean Blue Project has had a significant impact both in physical clean-up and restoration activities as well as in educational outreach. Over its years of activity, Ocean Blue has:
Ocean Blue Project initiated the Blue Streams & Rivers Program through an Urban Stream Wildlife Enhancement Project in 2012 at Sequoia Creek in Corvallis, Oregon. During the third year of the project, Ocean Blue Project introduced fungi to soil where native species were planted as part of a holistic ecosystem approach that enhances microorganisms in the soil and allows plants to thrive. We are now collaborating with NASA at the Ames site and a local Oregon stream site to research which fungi species are most effective for cleaning pollution near waterways.
In 2016, the Blue Streams & Rivers Program expanded to include an Urban Stream Project at SE Oak Creek that flows through the Linn-Benton Community College (LBCC) campus in Albany. LBCC students, Oregon State University interns, and Linn County Juvenile Department volunteers made up the 24-strong team led by Ocean Blue Project that planted 100 native plants from New Beginnings Garden. This project has provided an opportunity to expose at high-risk youths to nature and the outdoors. The collaborative project with New Beginnings Garden gave those youths opportunities to join a therapeutic outdoor program that teaches horticulture and job skills, while raising their awareness of native plant species and their positive impacts on the environment.
Furthermore, through grant funding and community support, Ocean Blue Project has been able to plant 6,200 native shrubs and trees in tributaries of the Willamette River, including Sequoia Creek, Block 15 Bioswale, and Periwinkle Creek of Albany in Linn County, Oregon.
Ocean Blue Project is proud to work with the following sponsors: