OLYMPIA — More outside attention is coming for the looming problem of tsunami debris on our seashore.

    Looking ahead to the July 5 volunteer beach cleanup — in which U.S. Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler plans to participate — CBS News was planning a story on local efforts, according to the Grassroots Garbage Gang. “Our own Ellen Anderson and Russ Lewis took the reporter to the beach; maybe we’ll get to see them,” the group reported on Facebook.

    Help is also on the way in the form of Washington Conservation Corps (WCC) crews deployed by the Washington Department of Ecology (Ecology.

    In addition to interesting objects like the 20-foot fiberglass boat that washed ashore at Cape Disappointment State Park, there has also been an increase in other items reported on Washington’s outer shores such as Styrofoam, plastic bottles and household appliances that also may be part of the estimated 1.5 million tons of tsunami debris deposited in the Pacific Ocean.

    Starting Monday, Ecology deployed three six-person crews where potential tsunami debris has been reported — North Beach from Moclips to Ocean Shores, South Beach from Westport to Wash-Away Beach, and the Long Beach Peninsula.

    Ecology has committed the crews for four days to assess the extent of the debris and need for further removal efforts. WCC’s AmeriCorps members and staff will work with community volunteers and staff from the Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission to identify and remove debris.

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