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Rachel Offerdahl

Rachel Offerdahl

Multimedia intern, Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA)

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Last year in Massachusetts, 2,200 volunteers picked up 23,000 pounds of marine debris along 110 miles of coastline during an annual statewide beach cleanup. The event, known as COASTSWEEP, kicked off September 25 at DCR’s Lynn Shore & Nahant Beach Reservation. COASTSWEEP, part of the Ocean Conservancy’s International Coastal Cleanup, is an annual international event aimed at raising awareness of the marine debris issue and cleaning up shorelines, riverbanks, and marshes. Volunteers sort debris into trash and recycling and record the items they pick up, which is later compiled into a database. Check out the video to hear from Office of Coastal Zone Management COASTSWEEP Program Manager Robin Lacey about the purpose and significance of COASTSWEEP. Thomas Glenn, age 7, talks about what cleaning up beaches means to him.

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