Wednesday, September 21, 2011

2011 Student Cleanup

Students from Nute Middle School at Foss Beach in Rye, NH
Last Friday, as part of the NH Coastal Cleanup, six different local schools participated in our annual student cleanup day! Approximately 500 students, teachers, and chaperones cleaned up Hampton Beach, North Beach, Foss Beach, and Wallis Sands. Over 400 pounds of trash were removed from these sites, including 135 beverage cans, 137 cups/utensils, 137 cigar tips, 172 plastic bottles, 194 lobster traps, 228 straws, 359 plastic bags, 472 food wrappers, 474 pieces of rope, 991 bottle caps/lids, and 17,738 cigarette butts!

Thank you to Nottingham School, Sant Bani School, Hampstead Middle School, Nute Middle School, Dondero School, and Little Harbour school for once again participating in our student cleanup day and making a difference on our local beaches!

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Thank you, volunteers!

Thanks to everyone who participated in the 2011 NH Coastal Cleanup! It was a beautiful day to be on the beach and it sounds like we had many successful cleanups all over the state!

On Saturday, seventeen troops from the Girl Scouts of the Green and White Mountains cleaned up Route 1A in Rye and removed over 1,000 pounds of trash! Here are some great photos of Loudon Cadette Troop #12356.

Another big thanks to the students from Winnacunnet High School who also participated in the NH Coastal Cleanup! Last Thursday they removed about 4,000 pounds of trash from Fox Point in Newington!

Monday, September 12, 2011

New Hampshire Coastal Cleanup - Where Can You Help?

Litter pulled from under the Portsmouth Fish Pier in the 2010 NH Coastal Cleanup by divers from United Divers of NH
The New Hampshire Coastal Cleanup is coming up on Saturday, September 17. Would you like to volunteer? Here are some sites where we could use volunteers. Sign up and find more information at!

Site Start Time
Durham Landing, Durham 9:00 AM
Foss Beach, Rte. 1A, Rye 8:00 AM
Ft. Stark, Wild Rose Lane, New Castle 9:30 AM
Hampton Beach, Rte. 1 A, Hampton 9:00 AM
Hilton Park, Dover Point 10:00 AM
Great Island Common, New Castle 10:00 AM
North Hampton State Beach, North Hampton 9:00 AM
Scammell Bridge, Rte. 4, Durham 10:00 AM
Jenness Beach, Rte. 1A, Rye 10:00 AM
Wallis Sands/Pirate's Cove, Rye 9:00 AM
Odiorne Point State Park, Rte. 1A, Rye 10:00 AM

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Poster-Hangers Wanted!

Congratulations to NH Coastal Cleanup poster contest winners Henry Smith (Nottingham School, Grade 8) and Scott Watson (Dover, NH, Age 7)!  If you can spare an hour or so to help us hang up posters around the Seacoast, NH region, please e-mail us at info (at) and we'll make arrangements to get some to you.  Thank you for your help!

Picture by Henry Smith (Nottingham School, Grade 8)

Picture by Scott Watson (Dover, NH, Age 7)

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Sign Up Now for the International Coastal Cleanup!

Girl Scouts in Rye, NH at the
2010 New Hampshire Coastal Cleanup
One of the easiest, most fulfilling ways you can help the marine environment is by participating in a beach cleanup.  One hour of your time can make a huge difference to the appearance of a beach, and the impacts of litter on marine life.

This is a perfect time to join a cleanup, as the Mother of All Beach Cleanups - the International Coastal Cleanup - is coming up on Saturday, September 17, 2011. Last year, over 600,000 volunteers participated worldwide - and picked up 8 million pounds of trash!

Here in New Hampshire, over 1,300 volunteers picked up over 6,000 pounds of trash along 19 miles of coastline. Can you guess what the #1 item was, and how many we found? Leave your guess in the comments!

Whether you're in New Hampshire or Nigeria, on the ocean or inland, there's likely a cleanup somewhere near you.  Click here to check out the Ocean Conservancy's  site, which allows you to search for and sign up for a cleanup.

If you're in New Hampshire, I look forward to seeing you on the 17th!