Litter situation is better, but work remains…

Posted April 30, 2009 at 12:01 am by

My friend Lori Stokes just dropped off this note for you, includ­ing a list of places that need help get­ting picked up:

Lit­ter Pick­er-Uppers Rock!!!!!
By Cap­tain Pick-It Up, mas­cot of the San Juan Island Anti-Lit­ter Initiative

Two years have passed since the Imag­ine No Lit­ter! cam­paign was launched by the San Juan Island Anti-Lit­ter Ini­tia­tive.  By anyone’s esti­ma­tion, the cam­paign has been an astound­ing suc­cess, with over 100 par­tic­i­pants reg­u­lar­ly pick­ing up lit­ter on island road­sides and beaches.

I can’t thank all of our vol­un­teers enough for their tire­less com­mit­ment to keep­ing San Juan Island lit­ter-free so that all of us can enjoy its pris­tine beau­ty.  It would be won­der­ful to be able to say that our job is done and that we can aban­don our efforts.  Unfor­tu­nate­ly, because of the thought­less behav­ior of too many res­i­dents and vis­i­tors, it is still nec­es­sary for us to pick up seem­ing­ly end­less amounts of cig­a­rette butts, plas­tic bags, beer cans, and assort­ed oth­er pieces of lit­ter that either escape from the back of pick-up trucks or are delib­er­ate­ly tossed from car windows.

Our list of lit­ter-pick­er-uppers has remained amaz­ing­ly con­sis­tent, with almost all orig­i­nal vol­un­teers still on our ros­ter of par­tic­i­pants.  Oth­er new vol­un­teers have joined the effort from time to time.  If you’re not signed up to help and would like to join us, here is a list of road­sides that cur­rent­ly need adopting:

Bail­er Hill Road from Dou­glas to Wold
Beaver­ton Val­ley Road from Ivan to Erickson
Dou­glas Road
Mad­den Lane
Pear Point from the grav­el pit to Duffy House (Novem­ber to March only)
San Juan Dri­ve from Reuben Tarte to south­ern end of road
San Juan Val­ley Road from Boyce to Hid­den Meadows
San Juan Val­ley Road from Emmer­ling to Douglas
Sut­ton Road from Roche Har­bor Road to trans­fer sta­tion entrance
West Side Road from Han­nah to Thimbleberry
West Side Road from the coun­ty park to Mitchell Bay Road
West Val­ley Road from Raven Ridge to Skottowe
West Val­ley Road from Eng­lish Camp entrance to Boyce
Wold Road from Laven­der Farm to SJ Val­ley Road
Any roads in town!

If you are will­ing to help, please call Lori Stokes at 378‑4643 or email her at

Carpe debris!

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