Help Protect Kittery's Waterbodies - Join the Town of Kittery Roadside Clean-up on May 16, 2024

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Keeping our waterbodies clean and healthy is important, and the Town of Kittery does its part by inspecting and cleaning 921 storm drains every year. 

Protecting our beloved waterbodies starts with being mindful of what we dispose of and where we dispose of it.  The open grate storm drains on the roads throughout town lead directly to local water bodies such as Spruce Creek, Chauncey Creek, the Piscataqua River, and eventually to the ocean. 

Anything on the streets (pet waste, leaves, wrappers, dirt, cigarettes, and litter) ends up in these storm drains and can then flow out to our water bodies, untreated. During big rain events, even things on our lawns like excess fertilizer or pesticides can end up in the storm drains and water bodies.

How You Can Help

The Town of Kittery is hosting a Roadside Clean-up Event on Thursday, May 16, 2024, from 8:00 AM - 10:30 AM.  Volunteers are asked to meet in the parking lot at the Kittery Premium Outlets 5, located at 375 US Route 1 (near the EV charging stations).Image of blue painted fish stencil next to storm drain

The Roadside Clean-Up is an opportunity to reduce litter, particularly focusing on the collection of cigarette butts and pet waste.  In addition to litter clean-up, volunteers may assist with stenciling litter reduction messaging on the pavement near storm drains to encourage the public to be mindful of their litter behavior.

Trash bags and high-visibility safety vests will be provided, but volunteers are asked to wear sturdy shoes and bring work gloves.

We can all do our part to keep our roadsides and waterbodies clean for the safety and enjoyment of all.

Learn More

To learn more about Kittery's stormwater related efforts, please click here.

For more information and tips on keeping our waters healthy, please visit Think Blue Maine, by clicking here or follow the Southern Maine Stormwater Working Group on Facebook by clicking here.  Thanks for helping to keep our waters clean!

If you have any questions, please contact Public Works Inspector, Jessa Kellogg at (207) 752-7242.

Kittery Roadside Cleanup Volunteer Opportunity May 16 2024