BAR HARBOR — Dozens of volunteers will comb the shoreline of Mount Desert Island and neighboring islands and communities on Saturday, Sept. 18 in search of trash that has washed ashore.
The inaugural Clean Water, Clean Shores event will feature approximately 10 clean-up locations, including several shoreline areas on Mount Desert Island, and outer islands including, Baker, Cranberry, Foley, Great Gott, John’s, Placentia, Pond, and Stave. Transportation will be provided to the outer islands, but volunteers must register with Terry Begley at Friends of Acadia to be assigned to a boat or to a shoreline location.
The Clean Water, Clean Shores project is designed to create awareness of pollution and its effects on the shorelines of Mount Desert Island and neighboring islands and communities. The cleanup is being organized through the combined efforts of Acadia National Park, Acadia Outfitters, Beal & Bunker, residents of Great Gott, Friends of Acadia, Maine Coast Heritage Trust, Maine Coastal Program, Maine Island Trail Association, Maine SeaGrant, MDI Bio-Lab, MDI Paddlers, The Nature Conservancy, the State of Maine’s Recreational Lands Access and Landowner Relations program, National Park Sea Kayak, The towns of Bar Harbor, Cranberry Isles, Mount Desert and Southwest Harbor, Tremont and Trenton, and U.S. Fish and Wildlife.
Data on the debris collected will be recorded and sent to the state as part of the Maine Coastal Cleanup.
“All of the organizations, businesses and towns involved in the inaugural Clean Water, Clean Shores trash pick-up are really excited about this joint stewardship event,” said Ms. Begley. “Citizens can make a huge difference in protecting their shorelines by taking part in this event and taking individual action, such as recycling and picking up roadside litter.”
Volunteers interested in helping with the shoreline and offshore island trash pick-up must register with Ms. Begley by calling 288-3340 or [email protected]. For more information and to view a list of potential volunteer sites, please visit www.friendsofacadia.org.
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