Volunteers removed over 250 pounds of trash from New London beaches this fall as part of a statewide cleanup effort.
Save The Sound, a program of the Connecticut Fund for the Environment dedicated to conservation and environmental efforts on the Long Island Sound, recently announced the results of their Coastal Cleanup program. The effort involved 57 events as part of the Ocean Conservancy's International Coastal Cleanup, including 39 held in September and October and two held in November to clear debris washed ashore during Hurricane Sandy.
The effort involved 2,450 volunteers and cleared 16,310 pounds of trash and debris from 57 miles of Connecticut coastline. In New London, 91 volunteers held two cleanups and removed 113 pounds of trash from Ocean Beach Park. Individual cleanups removed 100 pounds of trash from Mitchell Beach and 55 pounds of trash from Greens Harbor Beach.
“Once again, the volunteer turnout to help keep our shorelines trash-free has been nothing short of amazing,” said Kierran Broatch, volunteer and outreach coordinator for Save the Sound. “These dedicated volunteers picked up tons of marine debris by hand that would have otherwise posed safety risks not only to beachgoers, but to the wildlife that call these shoreline areas home. We anticipate that our next cleanup season will be more critical than ever, as our volunteers help clean up the debris left in Hurricane Sandy’s wake.”