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Coastal Cleanup

Sep 27 to Oct 4th, Time: All Day

Coastal Cleanupview larger photo Maine Coastal Cleanup

Location: Lubec and other area beaches

We invite you to join Maine’s largest single volunteer event by helping clean up your favorite beaches or cove!

The Coastal Cleanup includes volunteers of all ages and backgrounds who clean our coastal shoreline and associated waterways of trash. Each year over a thousand participants clear hundreds of miles of thousands of pounds of trash.

What is collected is recorded and this data then becomes part of the international ocean trash index which is compiled by Ocean Conservancy.

Your efforts continue to ensure that our coastal waters and habitats remain healthy and trash free!

The Lubec Memorial Library will be the location for a display table where the sign up sheet and checklist forms will be. Masks are required inside the library and a knock on the door during now-reduced hours will gain you entry. Take one checklist/form with you to record the kind of trash picked up. Return the checklist/form there or to Deborah Seavey after you have completed a clean up. There will be instructions and precautionary guidelines, trash bags, gloves, as well as a map for indicating to others where you would like to pick up trash so we’re not duplicating efforts. Collected bagged trash may be deposited in the dumpster next to the Town Office.

Because of the pandemic, the use of the app “Clean Swell” and going paperless is encouraged by the Ocean Conservancy though not necessary. This is a very easy-to-use free app that anyone can use on a smartphone and actually can use independently anytime-not just during Cleanup week. (My guess is even without a signal on a beach somewhere, the app will transmit when it is next able.) This year, there are additional guidelines for COVID protections to refer to while engaging in a beach clean up. See the links below for details. For instance, going out to the beaches in pairs is helpful. As one person bags trash while one person records the kind of trash on paper checklist or on the app. Wear gloves and masks. Carry hand sanitizer. Stay Safe. 

The Ocean Conservancy and the Maine Department of Marine Resources are the two organizations that propel this Coastal Cleanup. Ocean Conservancy has an international reach and Marine Resources through Theresa Trent backs up a state wide effort. Both provide the display graphics, checklists and ultimately compile the data from all the filled out checklists/forms. The Ocean Conservancy offers the app “Clean Swell”, educational activities for young folks, and both websites offer resources, guidelines and links.

For more information:

Deborah Seavey at deborahseavey@gmail.com

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