Clean Ocean Action to host 30th annual Fall Beach Sweeps this Saturday

     Fall Beach Sweeps volunteers pausing for a photo in Midway Beach in Oct. 2011. (Photo courtesy of Dominick Solazzo)

    Fall Beach Sweeps volunteers pausing for a photo in Midway Beach in Oct. 2011. (Photo courtesy of Dominick Solazzo)

    Clean Ocean Action, a regional coalition based in Sandy Hook that fights for clean water off the New Jersey and New York coastlines, will host its 30th annual Fall Beach Sweeps this Saturday. 

    Volunteers will scour tidal waterways for debris, documenting the quantity and types of garage found. The collective results will be subsequently analyzed and published in an annual report, which will help to reduce sources of pollution, according to a Clean Ocean Action press release.

    “These reports help identify pollution problems, aid legislators in enacting laws to protect our marine environment, and inform local, state and international efforts to combat marine pollution,” the release states.

    Last year, nearly 7,000 volunteers collected, tallied, and removed over 315,000 pieces of debris — the majority of which was disposable plastic — from the New Jersey coastline. 

    IF YOU GO

    The event, slated for 9:00 a.m. until 12:30 p.m., is open to volunteers of all ages, either individually or groups from businesses, families, and organizations. Volunteers are requested to pre-register by using the online sign-up form here

    Participants should wear gloves, dress for the weather, apply sunscreen, and wear closed-toed, hard-soled shoes.

    There are dozens of sites, stretching from Essex County to Cape May County. Click here for a complete list.

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