2002-09-21 / Community

Volunteers Hit The Beaches

In Annual Cleanup

In Annual Cleanup

On September 21, thousands of volunteers from local environmental groups, students, scout groups, dive clubs, civic organizations, corporations, government agencies, and the general public are participating in the Annual New York State Beach Cleanup at a beach near you. This is a part of the International Coastal Cleanup of the Ocean Conservancy and coordinated in New York by The American Littoral Society.

In 2001, even though the beach cleanup was scheduled for only 4 days after the September 11 terrorist attacks, over 7500 New Yorkers came together to do something constructive for the environment. They embraced the cleanup as a welcome activity, something they could do. They removed and documented over 216, 000 pounds of debris.

Volunteers will be paying particular attention this year to beverage containers found on the beach. They will count the number of bottles and cans that have the 5-cent deposit, and those for iced tea, water, juice and sports drinks that are not currently covered under the bottle redemption bill. The American Littoral Society is a member of a coalition that is gathering information to encourage passage of a Bigger, Better, Bottle Bill that would add these latter items and keep them from littering our beaches.

Volunteers can call the Beach Cleanup Hotline at 1-800-449-0790. Those interested should bring work gloves, sun hat and sun screen.

The following is a partial list of local cleanup sites:

Bayswater: Norton Drive

Enid Glabman (718-471-7093), 10/6 & 10/13

Broad Channel: South Shore

Dan Mundy (718-634-5032), 9/21 & 9/22

Broad Channel: Grant's Lot

Matthew Grant (718-474-2643), 9/21 & 9/22

Far Rockaway, B. 6 & B. 8 St,

Louis Schreiner (718-380-4567), 9/21

Far Rockaway, B. 9 St.

J. Velasquez (718-471-2400), 9/21, 22 & 28

Far Rockaway, B. 29 St.

J. Ellis/B. Street (718-327-5859), 9/21 & 9/22

GNRA: Breezy Point Yacht Club

Ranger (718-318-4340), 9/21

GNRA: Ft. Tilden Ocean & Bay

Ranger (718-318-4340), 9/21

GNRA: Ft. Tilden

Patricia Lizzul, 9/21 & 9/22

GNRA: Frank Charles Park

Ranger (718-318-4340), 9/21

GNRA: Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge,

Ranger (718-318-4340), 9/21

GNRA: Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge

Joseph Horun, Bradley Wilkens, 9/21

GNRA: Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge

Allison Godshall, 9/25 & 9/26

GNRA: Jamaica Bay, abandoned boat removal

Ranger Don Riepe (718-634-6467), 9/21

GNRA: North Channel Bridge

Ranger (718-318-4340), 9/21

GNRA: Howard Bch. Frank Charles Park

Ranger (718-318-4340), 9/21

GNRA: Howard Bch. Frank Charles Park Gerard Biscardi (718-244-3552), 9/21 & 9/22

GNRA: Riis Park Beach

Ranger (718-318-4340), 9/21

GNRA: Ruffle Bar

David Zodda (718-706-9900), date

to be announced (tba)

Rockaway: Arverne Dubos Point,

M. Grossman (718-318-6009), 9/21 & 9/22

Rockaway: B. 94 St. - 98 St.

H. Doremus (718-474-8246), 9/21 & 9/22

Rockaway: B. 96 St. - B. 112 St.

Steve Raff (718-634-1555), date tba

Rockaway Park: B. 112 - B. 120 St.

Beverly M. Graves (718-945-8901`), date tba


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