BAR HARBOR — Two years ago Clean Water Clean Shores first met to formulate a project to help maintain Maine’s “pristine coastline.”
The inaugural project linked the Clean Water Clean Shores members with the Maine Coastal Program to invite community members of Mount Desert Island and the islands associated with MDI to volunteer to clean up shorelines.
Volunteers were either directed to shorelines on MDI or taken by kayak or skiffs to nearby islands while others were transported by boat to islands further out to join those island communities in their local clean up efforts.
The initial response was overwhelming and over this past winter, the Clean Water Clean Shores project has been expanded, according to Ron Greenberg.
This year’s Clean Water Clean Shores cleanup is scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 17.
The towns of Lamoine and Gouldsboro have joined the communities of Bar Harbor, Southwest Harbor, Tremont, Mt. Desert, Great Gotts, Swan’s Island and the Cranberries. Teachers from most of these towns are working with harbormasters and town officials determining areas on which to focus for school day outings. Hundreds of students are being signed up to participate.
Coastal Kayaking Tours and National Park Sea Kayak are providing guides and touring kayaks to take volunteers out to the Porcupine Islands and Bartletts Island. Carpe Diem Kayaking will be leading a group of self-equipped kayakers to Crow Island and the Green Nubble. Bar Harbor Whale Watch will be ferrying volunteers out to Baker Island where a clean up will be coordinated by Acadia National Park and Keepers of Baker. Beal and Bunker will be providing transportation for volunteer to Cranberry Island to join residents there. The Swan’s Island Ferry Service will take volunteers from Bass Harbor out to Swan’s Island where island residents will meet them.
Skiffs and smaller boats provided by Maine Island Trail Association, Maine Coast Heritage Trust and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will carry volunteers to the outer islands including Long Porcupine, Placentia, Pond Island, Big Baker Island, Sheep Island, Great Gotts and Stave Island.
An ambitious plan is also being coordinated by MDI High School sophomore Nathaniel Snow to bring these organizations together with the Department of Marine Resources and the Maine Lobsterman’s Association in an attempt at creating a protocol for disposing of unusable lobster gear found on these shorelines.
In addition, the Schoodic contingent will be providing boat transportation for volunteers cleaning up Stave Island, Little Moose Island and Schoodic Island.
Families and community members are also being encouraged to join members of the Lamoine and MDI community in cleaning up the shorelines along Lamoine Beach, Berry Cove, Lamoine Beach, Bartletts Landing, Hadley Point, Manset Shoreline, and Southwest Harbor Head of the Harbor and Cable Crossing
Community members interested in joining these efforts or for additional information may contact Terry Begley at Friends of Acadia by either calling or emailing her at 288-3340 or firstname.lastname@example.org or Ron Greenberg, Bar Harbor at email@example.com