Earth Day Commemorated With Cleanup
More than 120 volunteers showed up last Saturday for an Earth Day restoration cleanup and planting at the North Channel Bridge beach on Jamaica Bay. Groups represented included 40 people from Bloomberg Company, another 40 from the Visiting Nurse Services of New York, several scout groups from Far Rockaway and members of the Jamaica Bay Eco Watchers and Littoral Society. A total of 150 bags of floatable debris with an estimated weight of 1,500 pounds was gleaned from the shorelines and marshes. At the same time, a group of boaters from the Diamond Point Yacht Club removed about 6oo pounds of plastics and other debris from Canarsie Pol, an island in the middle of Jamaica Bay.
“NYCDEP Commissioner Cas Holloway has been very supportive of all our shoreline cleanups and provided a dumpster plus bags, gloves, rakes, shovels and 100 beach plum trees,“ said Don Riepe, Jamaica Bay Guardian and organizer of the event. “In addition, Assistant Commissioner for DEP Carter Strickland joined in the cleanup with his wife and children.” John McLoughlin of DEP sent some beautiful flowering beach plum trees which the group planted in the afternoon. “These trees will help beautify the site plus provide nectar and plums for wildlife,“ added Riepe. Bloomberg Company sent a bus of employees along with lunches and water. This is the third time the Company has sent volunteers to Jamaica Bay cleanups. The National Park Service provided some staff and a pickup truck. After the event, New York City Department of Sanitation removed all the bags of debris. It was a beautiful day and a good example of what can be done by partnering with government agencies, environmental organizations and private companies. The next major cleanups are scheduled for September 25 as part of International Coastal Cleanup Day. For more information about this and other restoration events contact the Littoral Society at 718-318-9344 or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. All cleanup sites for New York City will be listed on their website beginning August 1 at www.alsnyc.org.