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Coastal Cleanup for Earth Day
April 21 - April 22
Bring your gloves and buckets, kids and friends and join us to clean up our coastal zone! Our local cleanups will be happening during a global effort to care for our planet. To learn more, visit https://www.earthday.org.
Saturday, April 21, 9:00 am-12:00 pm – Rockland. GRLT and the Rockland Harbor Trail will co-host a clean up of Rockland’s waterfront, followed by a program on microplastics in the ocean and a barbeque. Starting at 9 am, the public is invited to meet at Maine Coastal Islands National Wildlife Refuge headquarters at 9 Water Street in Rockland and from there head to the Harbor for clean-up. GRLT and the City of Rockland will provide trash bags. At 11 am, the public is invited back to the Maine Coastal Islands NWR headquarters to hear Abby Barrows, coastal monitoring coordinator with the Marine & Environmental Research Institute in Blue Hill, speak about the effects of microplastics in the ocean, followed by a barbeque.
Abby Barrows, Marine Research Scientist
Abby grew up in Stonington, Maine. Her passion for travel brought her to the University of Tasmania, where she earned a BSc in Zoology. After mapping the canopy of old-growth temperate rain forests and trapping Tasmanian devils, Abby studied and published two papers on seahorse diversity in Papua New Guinea. She has traveled the South Pacific by boat, trekked the Himalaya, explored the Middle East, researched sea turtles and big cats in South and Central America, dived Mediterranean wrecks, and worked aboard a schooner in the Gulf of Maine. On her travels, she saw one thing in common everywhere: plastic pollution. Abby has directed global microplastic pollution research since 2013, developing the most diverse and largest known data set available to-date. She has published three papers on the subject and plans to obtain her Master’s degree from College of the Atlantic ’18. When not studying plastics, you can find her out on her oyster farm in Deer Isle.
Sunday, April 22, 9-11 am – Thomaston. The public is invited to meet at The Feed Store, 155 New County Road (Route 1) to learn about the hidden dangers of microbeads, then we’ll head out to clean up along Route 1. Many thanks to our participating partners – Oceanside High School, Shepard Toyota, Rockland Ford, ERA Cousens Realty, McDonald’s.