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Help Keep Pemaquid Coasts Clean

The Pemaquid Watershed Association invites the public to help clean up parts of the Pemaquid Peninsula coastline on Saturday, Sept. 21, as part of Coastweek, a national celebration of the local coastal resources.

Participants are asked to gather at 9 a.m. at the Pemaquid Point Lighthouse Park. There, cleanup areas will be assigned, and inventory sheets and garbage bags will be distributed.

Depending on interest and agility of participants, teams will scour the rocky shore front, parking lot, and roadways around the Point.

Work gloves are recommended; latex gloves will be provided. Pre-register to help by emailing info@pemaquidwatershed.org or by calling 563-2196.

Directions: To reach Lighthouse Park from Damariscotta, follow Route 129 for 2.9 miles then bear left onto Route 130 (Bristol Road). Take Route 130 for 11.5 miles. Route 130 makes a sharp left turn; continue straight for a few hundred yards to the Park's entrance.

There are at least three good reasons to volunteer to help with Coastal Cleanup.

First, the success of this event depends on individuals who care enough about the environment to take action. No state is more closely associated with the coast than Maine. Nearly one of every two Mainers lives near the coast, while over six million people visit each year.

With this remarkable resource comes an obligation of stewardship, and Coastweek provides an organized way to get involved.

Secondly, participants will meet new people and have a lot of fun.

Third, trash removed from the shore saves marine life. Thousands of marine animals die each year from entanglement in or ingestion of plastic debris that they mistake for food.

The largest single volunteer event in the state, Maine's Coastal Cleanup is held annually in locations all along the coast. Volunteers pick up trash and record the type and amount of debris found.

Not only does the coast get tidied up, but the data reported helps experts to pinpoint the sources of marine debris and devise solutions to reduce the amount of debris.

Coastal Cleanup results are compiled by The Ocean Conservancy. Last year 1513 people helped at Coastal Cleanup events in Maine, collecting 15,492 pounds of trash.

Marine debris comes from a variety of sources on land and at sea. Some comes from beachgoers, boaters, fishing vessels and ships, and another portion of it is washed from roads, yards and parking lots.

Cigarette filters continue to be the number one item on the Dirty Dozen list of marine debris, with over 20,000 picked up from off the ground in Maine's Coastal Cleanup each year. Other items on the list include foam plastic pieces, plastic cups and lids, beverage bottles and cans, food wrappers and straws.

The Pemaquid Watershed Association is a volunteer-based, membership-supported non-profit organization with a mission to conserve the natural resources of the Pemaquid Peninsula through land and water stewardship and education. PWA has been leading coastal cleanups for over 20 years. Organizing cleanups and educating about pollution prevention is just one of the many ways PWA serves to protect the environment; to learn more, visit http://www.pemaquidwatershed.org.

Related Links:
• Pemaquid Watershed Association



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