Dr. Kara Lavender Law Speaks About Ocean Plastics: March 29th!

Join us on Thursday, March 29th at 7:30 pm in the Hermann Room of the Falmouth Public Library to hear SEA Research Professor Dr. Kara Lavender Law talk about the growing problem of  ocean plastics pollution and what we can do about it. Check out the flyer here and please spread the word.

Dr. Law is a physical oceanographer and a leading expert on marine plastics. She is also a founder of the local Trash Should’t Splash Initiative, a collaboration between SEA and Falmouth Water Stewards’ Skip the Straw Campaign, which aims to inspire behavior change at the individual, institutional and business level around the use of disposable plastics.

Light refreshments will be served.

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Falmouth K-12 Students Submit your Ocean Art by March 2nd, 2018!

Calling all Falmouth K-12 students!

Trash Shouldn’t Splash needs your help to spread the word about the threat plastic trash poses to our oceans! Help us raise awareness by participating in this Call for Ocean Art, and inspire people to use fewer single-use (“disposable”) plastics.

Deadline: Friday, March 2, 2018 at 8 pm EST

See the flyer here and share with your friends!

Why Care About Ocean Plastics? Each day in the U.S., tens of millions of single-use plastic straws, cups, bottles, wrappers, and bags are used for a few moments and then thrown away. Many of these plastics end up in landfills, a small percentage are recycled, and some may end up in the environment, potentially making their way to beaches and the sea. Plastics do not biodegrade, but instead persist for decades or longer. In the ocean, single-use plastics may cause harm when they break into smaller and smaller pieces that can be eaten by a wide variety of marine animals. Choosing to use fewer single-use plastic items will reduce plastic waste on land, and in the ocean.

Submission Details: We invite you to create art that explores the relationship between our use of single-use plastics and the health of our oceans, coasts, and marine animals. We hope your art will inspire others to use fewer single-use plastic items!

  • Your work may be in any medium that can be made into 2D posters and prints, including
    painting, drawing, collage, printmaking, digital art, photography, or a combination.
  • Your work should be a minimum size of 8” x 10” and a maximum of 18” x 24”.
  • Your work should contain no or minimal text.
  • PLEASE DO NOT TAKE OTHER PEOPLE’S WORK AND SUBMIT IT AS YOUR OWN.
  • You may submit your work either to the art teacher at your school, or electronically as a
    high resolution .jpg, .png, .gif or. pdf file to trashshouldntsplash@gmail.com.
  • Most of all, have fun and let your creativity soar!

Selected entries will be chosen from each school (including home school students) for
display in Falmouth. Top entries will earn prizes including reusable items and gift
certificates. Ocean Art may be used, in part or in whole, in Trash Shouldn’t Splash print
and electronic education and outreach materials.

This Call for Art is sponsored by Trash Shouldn’t Splash; a partnership between NOAA Marine Debris Program, Sea Education Association, and Falmouth Water Stewards’ Skip the Straw Campaign. For more information, contact us at trashshouldntsplash at gmail.com or info at falmouthwaters.org.

Join us for a beach cleanup on January 6, 2018 at 11 am!

img_27901Get out and enjoy this frigid weather and help keep trash out of the ocean! Trash Shouldn’t Splash (SEA  + Skip the Straw) and Falmouth Water Stewards will be cleaning up Trunk River Quissett Beach on Saturday, January 6th at 11 am. Rain/Snow date will be January 13th, at 2 pm.

We’ll meet in the dirt parking lot at Trunk River by the bike path at 11 am.

We will provide buckets, gloves, clipboards, water, and snacks.

Help us keep Falmouth beautiful and keep plastic trash off our beaches and out of the ocean.

We hope to see you there!

Join us Sunday, Sept. 24th for an Estuaries Day Event at WBNERR!

racingbeachcleanupphoto1Join us this Sunday, September 24th from 2 to 4 pm, rain or shine, to celebrate Estuaries Day at the Waquoit Bay National Estuarine Reserve.

Our theme this year is Marine Debris (aka garbage in the ocean and how we can prevent it). There will be live music with Zoey Lewis, hands-on art activities, a show of upcycled art pieces, ocean plastic activities, marine debris film shorts, and the chance to win cool stainless steel and glass straws and insulated water bottles!

Bring along a picnic lunch, a beach chair or blanket, and your own reusable water bottle or cup. And, bring an old t-shirt if you’d like to see it reborn as a tote bag. 

This event is co-sponsored by Skip the Straw Campaign/FWS, NOAA Northeast Region Marine Debris Program, Ocean Protection Advocacy Kids, Friends of Mashpee National Wildlife Refuge, Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation, Waquoit Bay Reserve Foundation, and Waquoit Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve.

We hope to see you there! Contact Falmouth Water Stewards (info at falmouthwaters.org) for more information. 

We look forward to seeing you on Sunday! Check out and share our flyer!

 

 

Summer 2017 Newsletter Now Available!

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Check out the Falmouth Water Stewards Summer 2017 Newsletter!

The Falmouth Water Stewards newest newsletter is now available, found here.  Please enjoy updates from our Co-President, a discussion about Nature Deficit Disorder, the connection between climate change and coastal flooding, the latest from our Water Watchers and Skip the Straw teams, and more!

Thank you for your continued support of Falmouth Water Stewards. We are a
membership-based organization and rely on the support of community members like you to continue our important work to protect and restore Falmouth’s fresh and coastal waters.

If you’d like to get involved as a volunteer (we need more Water Watchers. PondWatchers, fundaisers, web experts and more!), suggest topics for future newsletters, contribute an article to a future newsletter, help with our social media outreach, or get together with board members to discuss important local water issues, contact us at info@falmouthwaters.org. We want to hear from you!

Thanks again for your commitment to a healthy, sustainable Falmouth and beyond!

Our Winter 2017 Newsletter is Here!

bird-sunsetA new edition of the FWS newsletter is out and can be found here. In this issue, we talk about the drought in Massachusetts, the use of phytoremediation to address stormwater runoff pollution, the current state of our Skip the Straw and Water Watchers initiatives, and more.

Thank you for your continued support of Falmouth Water Stewards. We are a
membership-based organization and rely on the support of community members like you to continue our important work to protect and restore Falmouth’s fresh and coastal waters.

If you’d like to get involved as a volunteer (we need more Water Watchers. PondWatchers, fundaisers, web experts and more!), suggest topics for future newsletters, contribute an article to a future newsletter, help with our social media outreach, or get together with board members to discuss important local water issues, contact us at info@falmouthwaters.org. We want to hear from you!

Thanks again for your commitment to a healthy, sustainable Falmouth and beyond!

 

66 Pounds of Garbage Cleaned Up at Racing Beach!

The Skip the Straw and SEA students and community members collected over 60 POUNDS of debris at Racing Beach on Sunday, 10/16, all of which was recorded for Ocean Conservancy data collection and separated into recyclables and garbage.

Stay tuned and join us for our next Community Clean-Up, and let us know if you have a beach in mind that really needs our help!racing-beach-cleanup-photo-2 racing-beach-cleanupphoto3 racingbeachcleanupphoto1

Join Us Sunday 10/16 for a Beach Cleanup at Racing Beach

Join FWS’ Skip the Straw group and Sea Education Association’s Semester Students this Sunday, October 16, at 11 am for a community clean-up of Racing Beach in Falmouth!  Spend some time this weekend keeping plastics out of our waterways and making our beaches cleaner and safer for the people and wildlife who use them.  Meet at SEA (171 Woods Hole Road in Falmouth) at 11 am; all materials will be provided.  For more information, email info@falmouthwaters.org.  We hope to see you there. Click here for a flyer of the event.

Skip the Straw Receives NOAA Award

FWS’ Skip the Straw Program has teamed up with the Sea Education Association on a Single Use Plastics Reduction (SUPR) Campaign and the two organizations were recently awarded funding from the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric  Association (NOAA) to move forward with the initiative.

The Skip the Straw team will continue their work of engaging with schools, businesses and citizens to raise awareness of the problems associated with the use of single use plastics like straws, and encourage people and businesses to change their practices.  The middle school students will work with Sea Education students on various aspects of the campaign.  Find out more about the Skip the Straw program and how you can help keep plastic trash out of the the oceans (and landfills) here.