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New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services

Coastal Adopt-A-Beach Partnership

The Beach Program has teamed up with the Blue Ocean Society, a non-profit organization based out of Portsmouth, NH, to clean up coastal beaches. The Blue Ocean Society coordinates the Adopt-a-Beach Program for coastal New Hampshire, focusing on beach clean-ups to reduce the amount of litter and marine debris on the beaches. The Beach Program provides Blue Ocean Society with supplies and display materials as needed.

Hampton Beach State Park, Hampton, NHAlthough Hampton Beach is coastal New Hampshire's premier attraction during the summer months, it is often covered with a large amount of litter and marine debris. In addition to being ugly, trash also presents a hazard to marine wildlife (rope, cigarette butts) and humans (broken glass, medical supplies). We believe that preserving and protecting a valuable natural resource, such as Hampton Beach, are common goals for everyone. Hampton Beach State Park was adopted in 2005 and volunteers have removed 9,000 pounds of garbage to date. Now most of New Hampshire’s coastal beaches are adopted and cleaned regularly by volunteers. The Blue Ocean Society is still looking for volunteers to adopt sections of the coast and assist in occasionally cleaning beaches.

If you are interested in adopting a beach along the coast, please contact Jen Kennedy, Director, Blue Ocean Society at (603) 431-0260 or; or the NHDES Beach Program at (603) 271-0698 or

To view the results of all New Hamshire Coastal Beach Clean-Ups, please visit the Marine Debris Data Page.

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