Rockaway Waterfront Alliance Volies In International Beach Cleanup
On September 17, the American Littoral Society and Ocean Conservancy sponsored its annual International Coastal Cleanup, which included more than 100 countries. The cleanup included not only coastal regions, but major bodies of water such as bays, estuaries, rivers and lakes. It is considered by some to be the largest volunteer effort across the globe! This year The Rockaway Waterfront Alliance partnered with them to coordinate a cleanup in the Rockaways.
One of the host sites was located at Beach Boardwalk and 59 Street. Many students from local schools and volunteers from Coca-Cola, Virgin Airlines and the New York Restoration project teamed up to clean a ½ mile stretch of beach between Beach 58 and Beach 60 Streets. All together 96 people showed up to support the effort and with their help we were able to remove around 50 bags of garbage and other debris totaling up to nearly 1,000 lbs!
As part of the American Littoral Society program volunteers were split into groups and given a tracking sheet to record the types of trash that was being collected. This list included such things as plastic bags, bottles, cans, fishing line, buoys, cigarette filters, building materials and fishing nets just to name a few. The cards were then tallied and the numbers were sent to the Conservancy to be recorded and logged in the international data base. This is an effort to target just what kind of garbage and debris is being littered on our shores. These reports make it possible for groups like The Rockaway Waterfront Alliance to create programs and other events to curb the source of the trash.