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Bass River Cleanup Seeking Volunteers

Filed in Environment, NEWS HEADLINES by on November 14, 2017 0 Comments • views: 280

Bass River Cleanup
Saturday, November 18, 2017
10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Bass River Beach (Smuggler’s)
South Shore Drive
South Yarmouth

Join Friends of Bass River and the Town of Yarmouth this Saturday, November 18 starting at Bass River Beach to take one more sweep of the shores of Bass River to pick up debris. Garbage bags and gloves will be provided. The group will break into small teams and visit various locations along the river. All are welcome regardless of age or abilities.

Sources of marine debris include littering, trash blowing out of trash cans and cigarette butts washing into storm drains that connect to the ocean. Marine debris is more than an eyesore, it can also directly harm sea life and humans. Seabirds, seals, and other animals can be choked, starved or poisoned when they mistake debris for food, and wildlife can become entangled in nets, bags, ropes and other trash. Beachgoers may injure themselves on pieces of glass, wood or metal while swimming or walking on the sand. Debris also poses a threat to navigation—propellers can become jammed with fishing line, boats can be damaged by colliding with large pieces of debris and plastic can clog cooling intakes. Because much of the trash collected each year comes from street litter, it is easily preventable by always using secure trash bins and recycling as much as possible.

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