New London and Waterford's beaches are among 17 sites along Connecticut's coastline that Save the Sound, volunteers, and partners including sponsor Bank of America will be focusing on this weekend.
For two and a half decades, International Coastal Cleanup Day has engaged hundreds of thousands of volunteers from around the world each year to remove trash and debris from beaches, lakes and rivers, keeping track of every piece of trash they find. Ocean Conservancy, creator of the global event, uses that data to produce an annual snapshot the world’s marine debris. Last year, more than 550,000 people picked up more than 10 million pounds of trash along nearly 20,000 miles of coastlines worldwide.
Save the Sound, which has coordinated the Connecticut cleanups for eleven years, last year brought together 2,450 volunteers to remove 16,310 pounds of trash from Long Island Sound’s shoreline and Connecticut waterways.
For a complete list of the more than 43 ICC cleanups happening in Connecticut throughout September and October, visit http://www.ctenvironment.org/get-involved/calendar.cfm. For more information on the global ICC project, please visit http://www.oceanconservancy.org/our-work/international-coastal-cleanup.
This report includes a press release from Save the Sound.