On August 13th, Seven Rivers Paddling of Newmarket and Timberland of Stratham teamed up with Jeff Barnum, CLF’s Great Bay–Piscataqua Waterkeeper, to patrol several areas of the estuary, picking up whatever refuse they could find. “Great Bay is an estuary of national significance – one of only 28 in the U.S. – and deserves our stewardship,” said Barnum.
Barnum added, “I really did not expect to find a great deal of trash, but in just a few hours we filled the 20-foot Waterkeeper vessel twice. And there’s much more to do. The folks from Timberland and Seven Rivers Paddling were just great.”
Peter Sawtell, owner of Seven Rivers Paddling, had this to say about the day’s efforts: “Growing up on the seacoast and learning to kayak on Great Bay showed me how important it is to help keep the Bay clean. When asked to partner in this cleanup, I was thrilled for the opportunity.”
Brianne Wood, Community Service Manager at Timberland noted, “Timberland aims to operate at the intersection of commerce and justice. We believe in providing our employees with the opportunity to make a difference in the communities where they live and work. As an outdoor company, we feel it is extremely important to invest in and protect all facets of the outdoors to ensure there are places to explore and enjoy, both now and in the future.”
This cleanup collaboration is a small but significant way of shining a light on Great Bay. The estuary is faced with many challenges – too much nitrogen, the loss of eelgrass and oysters, and stormwater pollution. But progress is being made on many fronts. Cleaning up the visible debris is just one way of showing how many people care about and value this extraordinary resource.