2012-10-19 / Community

Jamaica Bay Shoreline Cleanup Results Come In


After the cleanup, Littoral Society educator Elizabeth Manclark (left) conducted a seine for the students to show them some of the fish, crabs and other marine life found in the shallow waters. After the cleanup, Littoral Society educator Elizabeth Manclark (left) conducted a seine for the students to show them some of the fish, crabs and other marine life found in the shallow waters. In 2012, The American Littoral Society organized 26 Jamaica Bay shoreline cleanups. More than 800 volunteers participated and removed approximately 12,000 pounds of debris including old boats, docks, heavy timbers, plastics, Styrofoam, bottles, cans and a host of other trash that impacted the marshes and shorelines. Aside from their aesthetic impact, this debris damaged valuable marshes and entangled marine and bird life. Groups that participated included the Church of God, RWA, NYC Audubon, P.S. 47, Jamaica Bay Ecowatchers, The Littoral Society’s summer restoration corps, Gateway NRA and many community groups around the bay. Last week, Deborah Williams’ class at P.S. 47 helped clean the shoreline at the south end of Broad Channel (see photos). The last cleanup of the year will take place this Saturday, October 20 at 10 a.m. For information about this cleanup and future volunteer projects in Jamaica Bay call 718-318-9344; e-mail: donriepe@gmail.com



Top photo: Deborah Williams (left) and students from P.S. 47 in Broad Channel helped clean up the shoreline at the ballfield beach at the base of the Crossbay Bridge near the toll booths. Thirty-two students removed about 200 pounds of tires, plastic bags, bottles and other floatables that came in with the tide. Top photo: Deborah Williams (left) and students from P.S. 47 in Broad Channel helped clean up the shoreline at the ballfield beach at the base of the Crossbay Bridge near the toll booths. Thirty-two students removed about 200 pounds of tires, plastic bags, bottles and other floatables that came in with the tide.

Super volunteer Dylan Edmonds worked with the students in removing recyclables as well as other debris from the Jamaica Bay site. Super volunteer Dylan Edmonds worked with the students in removing recyclables as well as other debris from the Jamaica Bay site.

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