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Volunteers to clean up heaps of trash from Maine’s coast

By Associated Press, Special to the BDN
Troy R. Bennett | BDN
Troy R. Bennett | BDN
A woman tests the water at Portland's East End Beach Tuesday July 3, 2012. Environment Maine contends the state's beaches may not be as clean as the Maine DEP says they are. Watch the video at bangor daily (Bangor Daily News photo by Troy R. Bennett)

PORTLAND, Maine — Volunteers are set to clear Maine’s coastal shoreline and waterways of trash.

The weeklong Coastal Cleanup begins Saturday across the state at sites including East End Beach in Portland and Warren Island State Park in Islesboro.

Last year, 1,186 volunteers collected 19,674 pounds of trash from 74.8 miles of Maine coastline.

The event is part of an International Coastal Cleanup effort. The nonprofit Ocean Conservancy records what volunteers collect and uses the data for the international ocean trash index.

The group says the goal is making sure that coastal waters and habitats remain healthy and trash-free.


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