2008-10-10 / Community

Sebago Canoe Club Trash Bash A Huge Success!

The Forest Hills Boy Scouts of Troop 96 and their troop leader, Dan Olson, pose with the 20 discarded tires they found and collected on the beach. The Forest Hills Boy Scouts of Troop 96 and their troop leader, Dan Olson, pose with the 20 discarded tires they found and collected on the beach. The Sebago Canoe Club of Brooklyn was joined by Boy Scout Troop 96 of Forest Hills, Queens, to clean up the shore of Canarsie Pol, an island in Jamaica Bay near Canarsie, on Sunday, September 21.

Volunteers from the American Littoral Society, sponsor of the annual worldwide shoreline cleanup and data collection project, arrived later by motorboat to remove the trash from the island for disposal.

Scores of volunteers participated in the paddle-cleanup, departing from the Sebago clubhouse in Canarsie to paddle across Jamaica Bay in canoes and kayaks.

Fifty-seven bags of trash were collected. Memorable objects found included a dog skull, a horseshoe crab bearing a numbered tag from a research study, a melted wax figurine bound in thread, and many coconuts. One team found a plastic commode from a boat, with a sink included!

Sebago Canoe Club organizers prepare for the paddle outside their clubhouse. Sebago Canoe Club organizers prepare for the paddle outside their clubhouse. Sebago members with some of the trash collected during the cleanup. Sebago members with some of the trash collected during the cleanup.

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