More than 25 citizen volunteers cleaned the Harwich harbor coastline and
local beaches on a sunny late September morning last Saturday. The
Coastsweep event was coordinated by the Harwich Conservation Trust (HCT)
with strong support from the Town of Harwich Natural Resources Department.
More than 200 pounds of trash were collected, including 601 cigarette
butts, 225 food wrappers, 36 food take-out containers, 64 bottle caps, 46
straws, 123 plastic bags, 127 pieces of foam/plastic packaging, 19 paper
bags, 51 balloons, 187 beverage cans, 96 plastic bottles, 41 glass
bottles, 3 diapers, 6 buoys, 51 yards of rope, 35 fishing nets, 57
fireworks products, 295 pieces of foam, glass and plastic under an inch
long, dog waste, and other debris. The waterfront areas included Red
River Beach, Neil Road Beach, Wychmere Harbor, Bank St. Beach, Earle Rd.
Beach, Grey Neck Beach, Pleasant Bay Beach at Bay Rd., Pleasant St. Beach,
and Long Pond Beach. This effort was part of the statewide COASTSWEEP
campaign (www.coastsweep.umb.edu), the Commonwealth’s annual coastal
cleanup program, organized by the Massachusetts Office of Coastal Zone
Management and the Urban Harbors Institute at the University of
Massachusetts Boston. For more information about Harwich Conservation
Trust, visit www.harwichconservationtrust.org.