2013-06-28 / Community

Help Protect Your Beach

The New York City Department of Environmental Protection (NYCDEP) is sponsoring Volunteer Floatables Beach Surveillance for the summer of 2013.

You can help prevent beach closures; monitor near and offshore waters, or help develop an early warning reporting system.

Location: Your favorite beach, shoreline and surrounding Waters.

Date: June - October 2013.

Time: 1 to 2 hours after high tide - 20 minutes per week.

NYCDEP officials say: “We really need volunteers to survey beaches, non-beach water sites and offshore water conditions in Queens during the 2013 swimming season. In the wake of Hurricane Sandy, it is more crucial than ever.”

Surveys take approximately 20 minutes. This program has been in existence for more than 14 years and currently surveys 52 beach sites around the city for “floatables,” which are man-made debris. Ten of these locations are in the Rockaways. This ensures fewer beach closures and other related problems. It is a first alert system in which the community can participate.

What are floatables?

Floatables are waterborne waste materials that float. Styrofoam, balloons and fishing line are considered floatables. Raw sewage and medical waste are also floatables.

Volunteers can help save turtles, birds, fish, and other marine life from ingesting these items or from being entangled in fishing lines and other assorted litter.

You do not have to pick up or touch anything; you just need to record the various types of debris on the beach or in surrounding waters, once each week during the season.

Volunteers will receive all materials necessary for monitoring, including letters of authorization and acknowledgement.

If you have any questions, please contact Robert Gans at Ozone Layer LLC at 212-889-4216; cell: 917- 658-2380; or email: ozonelayerllc@ me.com

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