Friday, July 21, 2017

Keep PA Beautiful: Do It Yourself Cleanup Toolkit Available To Boaters, Marinas

Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful welcomes all Pennsylvania boating facilities, boating groups, sailors, fishermen and water enthusiasts to protect our aquatic ecosystems by holding a Marina or boating facility cleanup during the International Coastal Cleanup September 1 to October 31.  
The Ocean Conservancy, which organizes the cleanup worldwide, will provide a cleanup toolkit to get you started on your way to keeping trash from reaching our oceans.  The toolkit provides:
-- Trash bags;
-- Trash Data Cards ;
-- Blue mesh boaters’ trash bags that can be hooked onto  a boat or kayak (Additional mesh boaters’ trash bags are available to participants who report their cleanup information within 60 days of their cleanup.);
-- Good Mate boating resources: brochures, posters and manual;
-- “What Will You Find?” ocean trash poster; and
-- Educational materials.
Cleanups on the water, underwater or on foot are welcome.
“Marine debris is a global problem. I want to encourage anyone who has experienced the joy of Pennsylvania’s lakes, rivers and streams to coordinate or participate in a marina or boating facility cleanup to help keep trash from entering our oceans,” said Shannon Reiter, President of Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful.  
Click Here to sign up and add your marina or waterway to the map! Let them know how many volunteers you expect and Ocean Conservancy and the North American Marine Environment Protection Association will send you a Marina Cleanup Toolkit to get the job done.
For more information, contact Sarah Kollar at Ocean Conservancy by sending email to:
Keep PA Beautiful invites all Pennsylvanians to participate in the International Coastal Cleanup.  Click Here to learn more.
For more information on programs, initiatives and special events, visit the Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful website. Click Here to become a member.  Click Here to sign up for regular updates from KPB, Like them on Facebook, Follow on Twitter, Discover them on Pinterest and visit their YouTube Channel.
Also visit the Illegal Dump Free PA website for more ideas on how to clean up communities and keep them clean and KPB’s new Electronics Waste website.

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