New Hampshire's WMUR 9 reports that Niki Sullivan was one of 100 Girl Scouts who spent Saturday collecting trash along the New Hampshire shores. She said her generation will inherit today's mess, which is why she hopes efforts like this one will bring about a cleaner tomorrow.
“It's really important for us to get involved because if someone doesn't take a stand and say this isn't OK -- no one else is going to do it," she said.
Even divers got into the action, going deep into the water as part of the coastal cleanup effort. Volunteer divers in Rye Harbor were part of the massive effort to collect trash from the Atlantic Ocean.
Jen Kennedy, executive director of the Blue Ocean Society for Marine Conservation, helped organize the event. Kennedy said the amount of trash can be deadly to marine life as well as humans.
“There were some knives they pulled up from the harbor," she said. "Our concern is wildlife, and people are certainly affected by the debris also."