You Can Help
There are many types of volunteer activities you can participate in.
Take the role of a scientist and help monitor birds or other living creatures in an estuary.
Learn more about estuarine ecology and habitats. http://estuaries.gov/estuaries101/Students/Default.aspx?ID=208#2
Marine Debris Facts (pdf, 362KB)
Beach and Waterways Clean up (pdf, 1.09MB)
Understanding and Preventing Marine Debris (pdf, 344KB)
More at: http://marinedebris.noaa.gov.
No Matter Where You Live
Remember R R R – Reduce, Reuse, Recycle
Pick up trash along rivers and streams.
Report leaking pipes or large drums that may have chemical waste or sewage to the proper authorities.
Consider using reusable or cloth grocery bags.
Use less fertilizer on your lawn.
Recycle or discard materials into a recycling bin or a trash can.
Don’t thrown trash overboard when boating; bring back everything you take out, plus one piece of trash you find.
Recycle six-pack ring holders and be careful not to throw any type of fishing gear into waterways.
Are there estuaries near where you live?
Help by volunteering in an estuary clean-up program and to restore wetlands in your community or get involved in a monitoring program.
Find opportunites to volunteer at one of the local National Estuarine Research Reserves.