Ocean Cleanup Project

Saving Wildlife

Ocean Blue Wildlife group main goal is a quality of life for birds and other wildlife living on both land and in our one world Ocean. Wildlife Volunteers renew their connections to
nservation and resource management activities.

Wildlife Program

Balancing wildlife preservation, human use and the influences of adjacent urbanization are challenges and opportunities that the Ocean Blue Project will continue to meet. Effort will be made to involve the public in aspects of the Wildlife Program. Our goals are to ensure that the region’s scenic lands are secure and that wildlife always has a place to prosper.

The “sky’s the limit” with opportunities to help our urban streams to remain wonderful places to visit and areas rich with wildlife treasures.

Impact of your partnership

Over 173,302 lbs of River & Marine debris removed from beaches through partnerships.
Considering that 12 pieces of plastic can kill a turtle, together we have saved about 14,441 animals.  

Ready to Save our Wildlife?

Our 2020 goal is to have double the volunteers at our events and therefore, the amount collected

Level of Commitment

Level of Commitment

1. A willing heart and a passion to help people, birds and wildlife.
2. Able to support the goals of the Wildlife Volunteers Program under the direction of the Wildlife Program Manager and Wildlife Stream Coordinator.
3. Faithful in attending projects on time.
4. Giving at least two weeks notice if you wish to attend a volunteer project session.
5. Giving at least two days notice to the Wildlife Stream Coordinator managing the Wildlife Volunteer  Program if you will be absent from a project session that you had registered to attend.

Hours Required

Hours Required

Volunteers must be able to make a minimum commitment of 3 hours per event:

3 hours per year
6 hours per year
9 hours per year

Blue Streams & Rivers and Blue Beaches Programs

Urban stream and river restoration projects for wildlife habitat that engage communities in planting native Trees for Streams that flow downstream to our One World Ocean.

Blue Streams & Rivers and Blue Beaches

To empower communities and beyond by providing planning and technical assistance to landowners, communities, and local governments.

Our main focus and goal is to improve urban water quality by using a holistic ecosystem-based approach that synergistically reduces pollutants entering the river, prevents erosion, and provides wildlife habitat. Through the process of restoration, we are providing environmental education, connecting people in the community to their natural environment, and improving biodiversity.

Goals & Outcomes

Conservation Goals
Conservation Goals

The goal of this project is to restore habitat for threatened riparian animal species by improving water quality and stream stability with an ecological restoration approach. Native plants will be established throughout 50% of the stream section after removing invasive species such as Reed Canary Grass.

Scientific Goals
Scientific Goals

Pre-implementation includes the removal of invasive species and establishing 50% native plants. The project continues with post-implementation monitoring of water quality and project effectiveness, including weekly water samples for three years, frequent plant monitoring, and using strategies to maintain consistent water temperatures to improve survival rates. With Oregon State University interna, Ocean Bluemonitors species through waterfowl counts and amphibian counts.

Impact to Our Community

Our overall goal is to lower Nutrients like nitrogen, phosphorus, and E, Coli from agriculture, city streets, and animal waste that runoff into urban streams and rivers and eventually flow into our One World Ocean. Our goal of restoration is to create a self supporting ecosystem that is resilient to perturbation without further assistance.

Healthy Trees
Healthy Trees

Healthy Trees plus healthy Cities equals healthy Communities. Ocean Blue will be using provided funds to implement watershed and wildlife enhancement and community service learning projects. 


The river restoration projects of rivers by planting trees and green spaces in urban areas provides more than aesthetic benefits:  it will also raise the economic value of a city in many ways, . Where there are trees, there are reduced energy costs, decreased storm water treatment costs, increased property values, increased spending at stores, increased employee satisfaction, and lower healthcare costs through cleaner air and increased recreational opportunities.

Urban Streams
Urban Streams

Urban streams can be a great tool to filter water if abundance of flora and fauna is thriving. Native plants and trees can not only filter water but also provide a stream canopy that allows a consistent water temperature for native salmonid species. Water from urban streams flows downhill ending up in our rivers, and then our world’s Ocean! Planting trees increases the value of nearby houses, increases tax revenues, supports local businesses, decreases government spending through the natural provision of ecosystem services, decreases the cost of recreation, and creates jobs.


Investing in beaches, rivers, streams and creeks is a solid strategy to lower pollution. Restoration projects will enhance the economic value of a city, its communities, and beyond. Service learning projects engage with high schools and colleges, like Oregon State University students, the community of Albany, and local communities within the United States in order to restore wildlife habitat, improve public health, and reinforce environmental protection.  This will improve the drinking water for over two million people who live downstream, and preservation of natural beauty, all of which makes communities more livable.

Willamette River Projects
in Oregon

The Willamette River is one of the most endangered rivers in the U.S. and is vital to salmon. Ocean Blue has a goal to plant 1 million native shrubs and trees for the Willamette River and its tributaries along with Florida waterways by 2025.

Environmental GeneticsResearch Partnership at NASA Ames Research Center

Ocean Blue has been working with Fungi in Corvallis, Oregon since 2011 with goals to remove pathogens from local waterways. Overtime, further research became vital for larger scale projects for both urban streams and larger wild rivers. 

Today Ken Cullings, scientist from NASA-Ames Research Center of California,  is working in collaboration with Ocean Blue Project to research the environmental genetics of fungi placed in a catchment holding pond to filter pollutants as a clean water project. Fungi Discoveries: Environmental Genetics:

Read more about how the project is moving forward.

Our Chapters

Ocean Blue Project has established chapters across Oregon, Washington, California, Florida, Texas and growing. Active projects are happening in 56 cities across the United States and growing.