The Massachusetts Office of Coastal Zone Management (CZM) is the lead policy and planning agency on coastal and ocean issues within the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA). CZM's mission is to balance the impacts of human activity with the protection of coastal and marine resources. As a federally funded coastal program with a strong local and regional role, CZM emphasizes coordination, collaboration, and partnerships to promote sound coastal and ocean management.
COASTSWEEP, the state-wide beach cleanup sponsored by CZM, kicked off the 2015 cleanups in September. Volunteers throughout Massachusetts turn out in large numbers each year for this event, which is part of an international campaign organized by Ocean Conservancy in Washington, DC. Participants all over the world collect marine debris and record what they find. This information is then used to help reduce future marine debris problems. Cleanups will be scheduled throughout September and October. To get involved, see the COASTSWEEP website or check out COASTSWEEP on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.