Town asks for public's help in removing foul-smelling seaweed
MARSHFIELD (FOX 25 / MyFoxBoston.com) The town of Marshfield is asking for volunteers to help rid the waterfront near Green Harbor of a foul-smelling seaweed.
Town officials say the Department of Public Works had people come in to clean the beach last Saturday, but that it would be too expensive to continue bringing people in. Now they are asking the public to volunteer.
Officials say that there is currently no coordinated volunteer effort planned, but if people want to clean up they are welcome to help.
Town officials also say they have ordered a rake attached to a trailer so they can clean the sand more easily, but that won't be available for a few weeks. There was no money allocated in the town budget for the DPW to handle the cleaning.
Experts tell the Patriot Ledger that the decomposing seaweed produces hydrogen sulfide, a strong-smelling gas that can make people ill if too much is inhaled.
A medical emergency was declared on Thursday due to the seaweed's continued growth.