Join us in a mission that’s as vast, critical and inspiring as the ocean itself.

Every stream, river and ocean is part of a single global ecosystem: One World Ocean.

This ecosystem is at increasing risk from human activity. It's up to all of us to protect and restore it.

According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), 79% of all beach debris (not including cigarette butts or synthetic rope) is made of plastic.
Once in the water, plastic never fully biodegrades, but breaks down into smaller and smaller pieces, eventually becoming “microplastics” less than 5mm long and causing harm to marine life.
According to the Ellen MacArthur Foundation, the total weight of plastics in the ocean could exceed that of fish by 2050.
A 2013 EPA report found that 55% of America's waterways are in poor condition due to phosphorus and nitrogen pollution from industrial activity.

Ocean Blue Project is part of the solution.

We're empowering individuals and communities to be stewards of their beaches, streams, rivers, and ocean— making a difference for our sustainable future.

About Ocean Blue Project

01.

Ocean Blue Project (OBP) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit based in Corvallis, Oregon.

02.

Our mission is to protect and conserve the ocean and its associated waterways, through:

  • Hands-on, volunteer efforts to clean beaches and rivers, enhance wildlife habitats, and reduce pollution
  • Service learning projects that provide education and increase awareness of the critical importance of clean waterways
03.

OBP was founded in 2012 by Richard Arterbury and his son Fleet, inspired by the conservationism of their Native Choctaw roots and their shared motivation to gift a clean ocean for future generations.

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Our main programming areas include:

  • Blue Beaches — removal of microplastics and other debris from beaches coast to coast
  • Blue Streams & Rivers — urban stream/river restoration including planting of native trees and vegetation
  • Blue Schools — grade-school curriculum to help students become stewards of their local watershed
05.

The majority of OBP's funding comes from individual donations, and contributions from socially conscious organizations like yours.

01.

Ocean Blue Project (OBP) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit based in Corvallis, Oregon.

02.

Our mission is to protect and conserve the ocean and its associated waterways, through:

  • Hands-on, volunteer efforts to clean beaches and rivers, enhance wildlife habitats, and reduce pollution
  • Service learning projects that provide education and increase awareness of the critical importance of clean waterways
03.

OBP was founded in 2012 by Richard Arterbury and his son Fleet, inspired by the conservationism of their Native Choctaw roots and their shared motivation to gift a clean ocean for future generations.

04.

Our main programming areas include:

  • Blue Beaches — removal of microplastics and other debris from beaches coast to coast
  • Blue Streams & Rivers — urban stream/river restoration including planting of native trees and vegetation
  • Blue Schools — grade-school curriculum to help students become stewards of their local watershed
05.

The majority of OBP's funding comes from individual donations, and contributions from socially conscious organizations like yours.

Our Impact

8,100

native trees and shrubs planted since 2016

95,920

lbs. of rubbish removed from beaches and rivers since 2012

48

service learning projects hosted per year

5,800

volunteers recruited nationwide