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Ocean Blue Project Research

Natural Environment Protectors

Beyond cleaning up beaches and river banks, there are natural ways to purify and preserve our waters and ecosystems.


Bioswales help filter out pollutants before they reach water systems.


Fungi’s mycelium can break down pesticides, oil and bacteria.


Mangrove trees help prevent erosion, store carbon and trap microplastics.

Bioswales Filter Polluted Water

Bioswales are channels that convey surface runoff water while filtering pollution. They consist of a marshy runoff course, gently sloped sides, and are filled with plants, compost and, in some cases, rocks. The longer the water spends in the swale, the more pollution can be trapped and filtered out. One of the most common locations for a bioswale is next to a parking lot, which collects pollution from cars. Rainwater flushes the impurities into a bioswale, which then filters the water and releases the cleansed water into the storm drain system or a local waterway.

Mycofiltration Research

Mycoremediation Techniques

Ocean Blue Project used fungi in Corvallis, Oregon, to clean local waters. Volunteers placed burlap bags containing mushrooms spawn, coffee grounds and straw in locations where they would filter water before it entered storm drains. Fungi’s mycelium naturally filters out toxins, including pesticides, bacteria and oil. Today, we are working with scientist Ken Cullings on a fungi research project, studying the genetics of fungi placed in a catchment holding pond.

The Power of Mangroves

Mangroves are tropical trees that thrive in most conditions no other tree can. Mangroves can tolerate salty waters and flooding, large waves or water flow during high and low tides. They serve the environment in many ways, including storing large amounts of carbon, and are vital to protecting our oceans and the planet. However, plastic pollution is harming mangroves and mangrove swamp animals.

Patagonia Partners with Ocean Blue

Patagonia’s World Trout Initiative funds impact-oriented solutions for vulnerable salmon species, including Ocean Blue Project’s work.

Wild Trout Initative

Nature Restoration

Ocean Cleanup Volunteers


Patagonia Helps Fund Stream Restoration Projects in Oregon and CA

The main goal of this partnership is protecting wild rivers and urban streams to safeguard salmon. Ocean Blue and our volunteers are honored to have this wonderful company on our team to ensure clean water for all. Patagonia is committed to helping the planet. Since 1985, they have pledged 1% of their sales to the preservation and restoration of the natural environment.

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