Littoral Society Cleans Gateway Beaches and Jamaica Bay
For the 24th year, the American Littoral Society has coordinated its annual Coastal Cleanup Day at over 300 sites in New York. At 15 sites around Jamaica Bay, volunteers removed several thousand pounds of plastics, glass bottles, derelict boat parts, wooden timbers and other debris that was impacting shorelines and marshes. "This debris is not only an eyesore but impedes marsh growth and entangles birds and marine life," said Don Riepe, the society's New York chapter director.
At Plum Beach, Gateway Rangers staffed two pickup trucks and the NYC Department of Environmental Protection provided a dumpster for the debris. More than 1,500 pounds were removed from that site alone. The Unilever Corporation catered a hot lunch for volunteers at Canarsie Pier and Plum Beach.
In Broad Channel, the Jamaica Bay EcoWatchers and students from P.S. 43 cleaned shorelines at the south end while National Park Service Ranger Ralph Manetta brought a large group to the North Channel Bridge beach areas. Ranger Edgardo Castillo led a group of 40 people at the wildlife refuge and took out 79 bags of floatable debris. Other sites yet to be tallied are from Floyd Bennett Field, Fort Tilden and Breezy Point. For information about future cleanups and restoration projects around Jamaica Bay call the Littoral Society at (718) 318-9344 or check their website: www.alsnyc.org