Today: Clean Ocean Action’s Spring Beach Sweeps

    Cleaning up Sandy Hook at the Spring 2012 Beach Sweeps. (Photo: Comcastdreambig via Flickr)

    Cleaning up Sandy Hook at the Spring 2012 Beach Sweeps. (Photo: Comcastdreambig via Flickr)

    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 31th annual Spring Beach Sweeps today.

    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 332,003 pieces of debris — the majority of which was disposable plastic — from the New Jersey coastline. 

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    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. 

    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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