2010-10-01 / Community

Rockaway’s Great Littoral Society Cleanup

By Miriam Rosenberg

Dozens came out for the beach cleanup at Beach 29 Street including many students from PS 43. Students got credit for their participation in the event. Photos by Miriam Rosenberg Dozens came out for the beach cleanup at Beach 29 Street including many students from PS 43. Students got credit for their participation in the event. Photos by Miriam Rosenberg On September 25, the American Littoral Society held its 25th Annual Coastal Cleanup. Among locations in New York State that volunteers cleaned were Edgemere along the Norton Basin, Beach 8 Street, Beach 27 to 34 Streets, Beach 79 to 80 Streets, Beach 90 Street, and Beach 147 to 149 Streets.

“I have not yet received the stats [of the debris collected] for all those that did partake in the event. What is coming in from most sites all over the state is very impressive,” said Barbara Cohen, the coordinator of the New York State Beach Cleanup for the ALS in an email.

The ALS website says the objective of the event is to clean the beach and document what litters our shores, to compile data to devise strategies to combat pollution, to increase public participation in solving the problem of pollution and to increase public awareness and appreciation of the coastal environment.

Dan Mundy, president of the Jamaica Bay Eco-Watchers of Broad Channel, and his family helped clean and document trash on the shoreline along the south shore of Broad Channel on September 18. According to Don Riepe of the Littoral Society, they collected over 800 pounds of floatable debris. Pictured are (in the rear) Dan and Mary Mundy, Donna Reardon, Briana Reardon (kneeling) and Michael Reardon (seated in chair found on beach). Photo courtesy Don Riepe Dan Mundy, president of the Jamaica Bay Eco-Watchers of Broad Channel, and his family helped clean and document trash on the shoreline along the south shore of Broad Channel on September 18. According to Don Riepe of the Littoral Society, they collected over 800 pounds of floatable debris. Pictured are (in the rear) Dan and Mary Mundy, Donna Reardon, Briana Reardon (kneeling) and Michael Reardon (seated in chair found on beach). Photo courtesy Don Riepe More cleanups in the Rockaways are scheduled for this weekend and next week, including this Saturday at Fort Tilden and Riis Landing. Check www.alsnyc.org/nycsites.htm for dates.
An old scooter and a tire were two of the things volunteers picked up from the beach and street sides of Beach 29 Street. An old scooter and a tire were two of the things volunteers picked up from the beach and street sides of Beach 29 Street.
Students from PS 105 and their teacher collect and document debris on the bayside of Beach 35 Street. Students from PS 105 and their teacher collect and document debris on the bayside of Beach 35 Street.
It’s cleanup time on the beach. Included in the photo are Jennifer Cantey from Kappa VI, Keneisha Turner of the Rockaway Waterfront Alliance and Assemblywoman Audrey Pheffer and her grandson Sam. It’s cleanup time on the beach. Included in the photo are Jennifer Cantey from Kappa VI, Keneisha Turner of the Rockaway Waterfront Alliance and Assemblywoman Audrey Pheffer and her grandson Sam.
At Beach 35 Street, recyclables had to be separated before bagging them. At Beach 35 Street, recyclables had to be separated before bagging them.
A group of Sebago Canoe Club members collected and documented trash on the shoreline of Jamaica Bay near the Belt Parkway Bridge. Past Commodore John Wright is joined by his granddaughter Kayla as he pilots Sebago’s service boat to transport the debris for disposal. Photo by Vivian Carter A group of Sebago Canoe Club members collected and documented trash on the shoreline of Jamaica Bay near the Belt Parkway Bridge. Past Commodore John Wright is joined by his granddaughter Kayla as he pilots Sebago’s service boat to transport the debris for disposal. Photo by Vivian Carter
On the bayside of Beach 35 Street, debris included a shopping cart and a car bumper. On the bayside of Beach 35 Street, debris included a shopping cart and a car bumper.

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