OCEAN SHORES, Wash. - Washington Gov. Chris Gregoire says federal help is needed to help clean up tsunami debris that reaches the West Coast.
She told a news conference Monday morning at Ocean Shores, "We don't have the resources at the state level to do what we're going to have to do here."
Gregoire announced a "Clean Shoreline Initiative" to be led by Major General Timothy J. Lowenberg , the Director of the State's Emergency Management Division. It would include the state Health Department and other agencies.
The governor says there's no reason to fear seafood or visiting coastal beaches. Health Secretary Mary Selecky says monitoring has found no radiation in salmon.
The state also is monitoring for invasive species, but Gregoire says she's not aware of any arriving on tsunami debris.
A 66-foot dock ripped loose by the big waves in March 2011 landed on an Oregon beach this month, having crossed 5,000 miles of ocean. And on Friday, Washington officials said they were checking into whether a 20-foot boat that washed ashore at Cape Disappointment State Park in Pacific County came from Japan.
The dock carried tons of sea-life, including potential invasive species.
Sen. Maria Cantwell said invasive species pose a serious threat the coastal economy and that West Coast states and communities shouldn't have to bear the costs of removing such debris on their own. She says the federal government needs a comprehensive plan for helping communities deal with the debris.
Gregoire said if anyone finds potential tsunami debris on the coast, call the Department of Ecology at 1-800-OILS-911.
KING 5's Drew Mikkelsen contributed to this report.