Several sites in the Brooklyn and Queens sections of Gateway National Recreation Area will be participating in the autumn International Beach Cleanup Day this coming weekend on September 20-21.
Each year hundreds of area residents volunteer an hour of their time to help clean the Atlantic beaches and Jamaica Bay shoreline as a way to preserve our local environment.
The Staten Island Unit of the Gateway National Recreation Area will be participating in the annual autumn International Beach Cleanup. On Saturday, September 20 At 10 a.m. the volunteer cleanup will take place at Fort Wadsworth, and on Sunday, September 21 at 11 a.m. the cleanup effort will concentrate on Great Kills section of the park. The Jamaica Bay Unit will also be holding a beach cleanup on Saturday, September 20 from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m..
For the Staten Island Unit Cleanup: Those who would like to volunteer can call (718) 354-4500 or (718) 987-6790 for more information. Participants are asked to bring drinking water and work gloves, and to wear appropriate footwear. The National Park Service will provide all other cleanup materials.
For the Jamaica Bay Unit: Those who would like to volunteer can call (718) 338 –3799 for a list of meeting locations and to sign-up for the cleanup site of their choice. Participants are asked to bring drinking water and work gloves, and to wear appropriate footwear.
This is more than a one-day event it’s a year-round movement. The ocean is essential to the health of everything on our planet. The International Coastal Cleanup provides a direct tangible way to make a difference. Trash in the ocean kills countless seabirds, marine mammals and sea turtles each year through ingestion and entanglement. The International Coastal Cleanup brings awareness and action to one of the largest problems we face.