Cleaning Up the Bay - One Beach at a Time
|Littoral Society groups “hit the beaches” this past weekend to cleanup the shorelines as part of International Beach Cleanup Day. Barbara Cohen of Far Rockaway coordinated efforts here as well as throughout New York State. Kate Willsen of Broad Channel took a group of “Osprey Club” kids to Subway Island and removed over 200 pounds of plastics and other debris from the shoreline. At the North Channel Bridge, Park Rangers Steve Olijnyk and Bill Parker assisted Scout groups 96, 233, 2008 and 4704. Together they made a difference and removed 15 bags of floatable debris. Stephen Melnick of HSBC bank pitched in and assisted the group as well. Other sites cleaned over the past two weekends included Plumb Beach, Floyd Bennett Field and the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge. For information about future cleanups and events contact the American Littoral Society (718) 318-9344. Website: www.alsnyc.org . Pictured, Kate Willsen and the Osprey Club kids of broad Channel display “weapons of mass pollution” on Subway Island, Jamaica Bay during beach cleanup day.
Don Riepe, Jamaica Bay Guardian (kneeling), park ranger Bill Parker (far left) and scout groups 96 and 233 display their coconuts and bags of debris gleaned from the North Channel Bridge beach last weekend.
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