Thanks to the efforts of volunteers, beach cleanup teams have worked to keep Pacific Northwest shorelines free of man-made debris. After the 2011 Japanese tsunami, scientists began to study the impacts and future implications of Japanese tsunami debris, yet two years later many questions still remain unanswered. Experts stress that the answer lies not just in tsunami-specific debris cleanup but also in addressing the bigger issue of ocean contaminants on both domestic and international shores.

Madeline Hovenga is a freshman planning to major in studio art and psychology. When she is not lost in thought, she likes hiking, finding new music and painting.
Jennifer Hoang is an anthropology and journalism student at Western Washington University. She loves sharing awareness of the ingenuity that surrounds us through art, music and photography.

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