Coastal Cleanup- COMING, SEPTEMBER 2016!

One of the outstanding features of Georgetown’s Conservation Commission is that it serves as a vehicle with which to participate in missions for the common good that are worldwide.  An example is Coastal Cleanup.  This program is under the umbrella of Ocean Conservancy’s International Coastal Cleanup with which the State of Maine’s Coastal Program is allied.  Under the auspices of Georgetown’s Conservation Commission, Georgetown receives materials and data collection forms from the State.  This all comes together for a coastal cleanup, usually during the second or third weekend in September, which is the single largest volunteer event in Maine.

Between 30 and 75 Georgetown residents typically participate annually, joined by students from Bowdoin College, to collect trash from nearly twelve miles of shore lands.  Customarily some 500 to 1,400 pounds of debris are taken to Georgetown’s transfer station for inventorying, sorting, and, where appropriate, recycling.

The long-range objectives/missions are not only to reduce ocean trash but also to collect data to understand the sources and nature of the problem that would permit planning remedial action.  An immediate objective is to organize coastal communities for action for their immediate environment benefit.

Please email Jay Holt for further infomation at: bay_point_rd@yahoo.com.

Further Resources

Maine Coastal Cleanup
Check the tides
Ocean Conservancy Coastal Cleanup

Coastal Cleanup form

Download the coastal cleanup form by clicking on the image to the right.