On June 15, 2010, I started picking up trash at a quiet local beach in Saco, Maine, called "Bay View" (coords: 43 29'06.90"N x 70 23'07.68"W according to Google Earth).
My blog has recorded each week in detail, including pictures of the beach as I've found it and pictures of overall finds (as well as maybe a few standouts).
On June 7, 2011, I finished my first full year collecting & analyzing. I found a grand total of 8456 items. Details, charts, and a bit of discussion here and here. My work was picked up by "Scientific American" magazine, where I guest-blogged about the results on September 5, 2011.
My Year 2 at Bay View began on June 20, 2011, and finished on June 23, 2012. For all of Year 2, I found a grand total of 6765 items. The running count of Year 2 is below:
Grand total collected from Bay View for the two years June 2010 - June 2012: 15221 pieces. The similarities and differences between Year 1 and Year 2 are striking. The seasonal trends also have places where they meet and where they diverge wildly. As my Year 2 progressed, I commented throughout the weekly collection reports on why the change seemed to be happening. Soon I'll publish a fuller account.
This marks the end of my current work at Bay View. But not the end of the Flotsam Diaries. Since January I have been studying the massive wash-ins along a private, protected, untouristed beach known as Curtis Cove, about 5 miles south in the city of Biddeford. The amount of seaborne debris washing in there is, well, astounding. That will be the focus of my blog going forward.