Groups Join to Clean Oregon Coast

Four non-profit groups will work together to rid the Oregon coast of tsunami debris washing ashore from Japan.

The Oregon Marine Debris Team say it plans to create a data base of people who can monitor the coast, report any debris and help clean it up. Volunteers near Lincoln city report finding items such as a large foam mattress and small bottle cap with Japanese writing.

Scientists estimate 1.5-million tons of debris are floating in the Pacific Ocean after last year’s earthquake and tsunami in Japan.