Peninsula: Beach Watchers help monitor water cleanliness

Janet Bruening thinks it’s beachy keen to patrol the shore at Cline Spit Park.

A member of the Beach Watchers volunteers, she monitors water quality and assesses the general health of the finger of land that points north toward the crook of Dungeness Spit.

“I’m concerned that we are just polluting our planet,” the 60-year-old Sequim woman says.

Beach Watchers is fostered by Washington State University and bears similarities to WSU Extension’s Master Gardeners program.

It also follows in the footsteps of Streamkeepers, the corps of volunteers who monitor creeks and rivers, and Surfriders, whose members work to maintain beach access and sample water for the state Department of Health.

Beach Watchers, Streamkeepers and Surfriders share more than scientific missions.

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