2009-05-01 / Top Stories

Help Protect The Beach from Closing

By Jennifer Pagano

The New York City Department of Environmental Protection Marine Sciences Section is sponsoring Volunteer Floatables Beach Surveillance for the summer of 2009. Floatables are waterborne waste materials that, as the name suggests, float. Styrofoam, balloons and fishing line are considered floatables. Raw sewage and Medical Waste are floatables.

The Surveillance Program takes place from May 1 to October 2009 for 1 to 2 hours after high tide for about 20 minutes per week. Participants do not have to pick up or touch anything. To become a monitor, you just need to record the various types of debris on your favorite beach and/or surrounding waters, once each week during the season.

Volunteers will receive all materials necessary for monitoring. This includes letters of authorization and acknowledgement.

The New York City Department of Environmental Protection needs your help in order to be aware of potential floatable problems as early as possible. Help save turtles, birds, fish, and other marine life from ingesting those items or from being entangled in fishing lines and other assorted litter.

If you have any questions please contact Robert Gans at Tel # 212-889-4216, Fax # 212-679-3039, Cell # 917-658-2380, or email ozonelayerllc@rcn.com

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