Office of Sustainability Programs

Volunteers Sought for Sept. 21 Oyster River Clean-up

By Justine Stadler
Office of Sustainability Programs

September 6, 2002

DURHAM, N.H. -- The University of New Hampshire's Office of Sustainability Programs, the New Hampshire Coastal Program, the New Hampshire Estuaries Project and local partners will sponsor the Oyster River Clean-up Saturday, Sept. 21, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Volunteers will meet at the Durham Landing Town Landing. Gloves, bags, data sheets and a barbecue lunch will be provided. The information compiled is used for developing pollution prevention policy for marine ecosystems.

The Oyster River Clean-up is a project of the UNH Office of Sustainability Program's Biodiversity Education Initiative to highlight the importance of the ecological health of the watershed. It is part of the International Coastal Clean-up sponsored by the Ocean Conservancy. Since 1986, citizens worldwide have gathered on the third Saturday in September to clean waterways and coastlines.

The Oyster River watershed is the primary source of water for the UNH/ Durham community, while providing habitat for numerous species of plants and wildlife. The watershed is fed by an area 31 square miles beginning in Barrington, then continuing through portions of Nottingham, Lee, Madbury and Durham before the river empties into Little Bay.

The UNH Water Treatment Plant draws 500,000 gallons of water daily from the Oyster River, supplying 70 percent of the amount demanded by the UNH/ Durham community.

For more information, call UNH's Office of Sustainability Programs at 603-862-4088 or visit our Website:

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