PWA helps keep trash out of our environment by sponsoring clean-ups of the coastline, waterways, and inlands of the Pemaquid Peninsula.

If you are interested in volunteering to help pick up litter, contact Carolyn Shubert, PWA Program Coordinator.

Coastal Clean-ups

Every September, PWA leads a Coastal Cleanup as part of Coastweek, a national celebration of our coastal resources. Volunteers gather at Pemaquid Point Lighthouse Park, and cleanup areas are assigned depending on interest and agility of participants. Teams scour the rocky shorefront, parking lot, and roadways around the Point.

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.

The Dirty Dozen

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.

Three great reasons to volunteer to help with Coastal Clean-ups

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Pemaquid River Clean-ups

river clean-ups

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    snagging a can

Inland Clean-ups

All around the Pemaquid Peninsula, we are treated to beautiful views of nature. Nothing mucks up pretty scenery like garbage. So, to keep our viewscapes pristine, and to keep the litter on the land from being washed into our ponds and river and eventually out to the bay and ocean, PWA organizes inland cleanups. We also help local civic groups and towns with their litter cleanups.

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roadside clean-ups

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