Keeping our Lakes and Oceans Clean

We in New Hampshire are fortunate to have access to wonderful lakes and beautiful beaches for our recreational pleasure. Before packing up to enjoy a day by the water, a little advance planning can make sure you leave our natural resources even cleaner than you find them.

Make a plan for trash. Think ahead and have a bag available to gather recyclables and a separate one for trash. Use provided trash receptables (if they’re not overflowing) or responsibly take your trash home.

Think packaging. A 2015 study estimated that about 8 million metric tons of our plastic find their way to our ocean ecosystems every year. Do your part. Bring non-disposable receptacles such as a thermos or reusable water bottle. If you do bring plastic, make sure it leaves with you.

Watch the rings. If you do bring a six-pack of soda, make sure you cut the rings so they don’t ensnare a marine animal.

Don’t feed the animals. It’s tempting to throw your leftovers to the birds or other animals. Disrupting their natural diet not only is not a bad idea, it fosters an unhealthy dependence on human handouts.

Give back. If you enjoy the natural beauty of New Hampshire’s lakes and beaches, consider volunteering for a coastal cleanup  or take a few minutes to pick up excess trash before you go. The satisfaction of leaving your favorite spot just a little better than you found it will be its own reward.

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