The Lower Columbia Estuary Partnership is undertaking the first, large-scale effort to identify and map marine debris in the lower Columbia River from Bonneville Dam to the Pacific Ocean. Specifically we're tracking small to medium size marine debris (less than 35-feet). We're looking for and tracking things like tires, styrofoam blocks, small boats, machinery, and other material that may harm recreational resources, habitats, and species.
Now we need your help! The lower Columbia River stretches 146 miles and includes hundreds of miles of shoreline. River users and recreationalists spend a lot of time on the river and see a lot of shoreline. We're asking you to keep your eyes out for marine debris, take a photo, note your location, and submit your information through our Marine Debris Submittal Form below.
Please use this form to report any known occurrences of what could be considered small to medium-size marine debris along the lower Columbia River. This would include abandoned vessels under approximately 35' in length, derelict structures, fishing gear, tires, barrels, styrofoam, etc. We will include this information in our marine debris inventory and on the map below. The marine debris inventory project will help us quantify the amount, type, and location of marine debris - and to develop clean-up projects.
Check out our Marine Debris Webmap to see the already mapped locations.