Help your beach

Be a good beach steward. Here are some tips to help keep your beach clean:

  • Pick up after your pet.
  • Pick up your trash.
  • Swim only when well.
  • Help children to keep water clean.
  • Boaters, don't discharge.
  • Anglers, put fish guts and heads in the trash.
  • Don’t feed wildlife.

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Pick up after your pet

Pick it up, bag it, and throw it in the trash. Contact with pet waste can make people sick and possibly cause disease. Also, nutrients from dog poop can feed the growth of aquatic plants and algae. As these decay, they use up oxygen in the water that fish and other aquatic life need.

Check out the pet waste tips from the Pacific Shellfish Institute:

Pick up your trash

Waste from dirty diapers can make people sick. Plastic bags pollute water and can entangle or kill animals. Cigarette butts take up to 25 years to break down and are poisonous to animals that try to eat them. When you visit the beach, bring along a litter bag so you can pack out whatever trash you create during your visit and dispose properly.

Help children keep water clean

Children should take frequent bathroom breaks. Diapers should be changed frequently, and a swim diaper should be worn while playing in or near the water. Dispose of diapers in the trash.

Swim only when well

Swimmers should stay out of the water when their health is compromised or they are ill, especially with diarrhea. Protect yourself from unnecessary exposure or from transmitting illness-causing bacteria to others.

Boaters: don't discharge

Recreational boaters should discharge bilge water and sewage-holding tanks only in approved disposal facilities. See Washington State Pumpout Locations (at State Parks) for a map of where to pump. If you discharge into the water or near the beach, you can contribute to fecal bacteria in the water. Avoid fuel spills.

Anglers: put fish guts and heads in the trash; use bathroom facilities

When fishing, use appropriate bathroom facilities; human waste can cause disease. Dispose of fish entrails at designated areas or garbage cans. Fish entrails attract wildlife interest and increase wildlife fecal waste on the beach.

Don’t feed wildlife

Birds and other animals will congregate in the feeding area, increasing wildlife waste on the beach.