2012-02-17 / Community

Littoral Society Initiates Bay Restoration Program

Sunday, February 12, the American Littoral Society initiated their Jamaica Bay program by removing over 10,000 pounds of debris from the marsh and shorelines of Jamaica Bay. On a bitter cold and windy day, over 150 young members of the Church of God joined with Littoral Society staff and volunteers to remove several abandoned boats, dozens of heavy timbers, plus 100 bags of plastic, recyclable bottles and other floatable debris from the shorelines of Gateway National Recreation Area. “It was really inspiring to see such enthusiastic, polite and hard-working young people remove an amazing amount of debris,” said Don Riepe, the society’s NE Chapter director and event organizer. “If I didn’t stop them after three hours they’d still be out there cleaning the shoreline! This is the third time the Church of God has sent large numbers of volunteers to help clean up the bay and I’m always impressed by their positive attitude and work ethic.”

Aside from their usual cleanup projects, this year the society has a grant from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to remove old boats and large debris items such as docks and floats from Jamaica Bay marshes.

The next cleanups are scheduled for April 21 and 22 (Earth Day) at Dubos Point (Beach 65 Street) and another Rockaway bayside site (TBA). To enlist your group, family or just you, contact the American Littoral Society at 718-318-9344; e-mail: donriepe@gmail.com. Check their website in March for more information: www.alsnyc.org.

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