Monday, August 6, 2018

Help Keep Provintown Beaches Clean By What You Do On Commercial Street

This emblem reminds us not to put anything into the storm drains in PTown streets
This "no dumping" emblem has appeared on curbs all along Commercial Street, letting people know that the storm drains in the road lead directly out to Provincetown Harbor.
Anything poured into these large, square, iron-grated drains will flow straight to the harbor through the system of pipelines that run beneath the roads and emerge on the beach, right at the edge of the water.

Cigarette butts dropped on our streets end up in our storm drains.
Cigarette butts flicked into these drains will wash out onto the beach with the next rainstorm. Popsicle sticks, sugar packets, gum wrappers, plastic straws and coffee stir sticks all wind up on the beach, hundreds per day, dropped on the street, and even right into the drains, by folks looking for a convenient spot to get rid of small bits of trash as they're walking down Commercial Street.

Any sort of debris, including small twigs and even windblown sand, can clog these drains as well, leading to flooding on Commercial Street and beyond, as we saw this past winter.
Please, everyone, help us keep any kind of chemicals, waste or debris out of the world's fragile oceans, by keeping these things off of PTown's streets and out of our storm drains. Mother Earth thanks you!


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    1. Hi, Will - Thanks for reading my blog. I hope we can all pass the word along. Most folks I talk to (gently!) when I see them toss something down the drain have no idea that it goes right into the harbor. Most people will do the right thing if they know about it.