Community Residents Organize to Clean Eastie’s Shores

By John Lynds

A group of residents have gotten together to form a new advocacy group, The Harborkeepers, and begin cleaning East Boston’s shoreline. On a recent Saturday the group was joined by the Friends of the Boston Harborwalk and 35 employees of the Boston-based law firm Dechert to clean Condor Street Overlook behind Shore Plaza.

Nearly fifty bags of trash, a shopping cart, half-dozen tires, a bicycle, toys, pieces of rubber, old phones, a TV, and other assorted debris was removed from the Overlook mudflats and all along the shoreline.  This effort follows two other important clean-ups conducted in the last two years. The first was the removal of a large amount of pilings and timber which was organized by the City of Boston Urban Wild department.  The second  was another local volunteer clean-up effort conducted this past January by some concerned residents who decided to take it upon themselves to do what they could to clean up trash in that area.

“The amount of trash that was collected at Saturday’s clean-up with the Friends of the Boston HarborWalk, which is now saved from being washed away by the tides into the harbor, is noteworthy,” said Harborkeepers’ organizer Magdelena Ayed. “However, it is also a wake-up call that a larger multi-stakeholder effort to address marine debris and improve Harborwalk areas on the East Boston waterfront must be a priority.”

Other cleanups are planned in the future including cleaning behind Shaw’s Supermarket at Liberty Plaza.

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Recently,  residents have gotten together to form a new advocacy group, The Harborkeepers, and begin cleaning East Boston’s shoreline.

Recently, residents have gotten together to form a new advocacy group, The Harborkeepers, and begin cleaning East Boston's shoreline.

Recently, residents have gotten together to form a new advocacy group, The Harborkeepers, and begin cleaning East Boston’s shoreline.

On a recent Saturday the group was joined by the Friends of the Boston Harborwalk and 35 employees of the Boston-based law firm Dechert to clean Condor Street Overlook behind Shore Plaza.

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