Monday, October 02, 2017

Sebago Canoe Club Trash Bash 2017

Organizer Jeff suggests an approach to the stretch of shoreline we'd be cleaning

On Sunday, October 1, a beautiful day that, while warm, was finally starting to feel a little like Fall, Sebago Canoe Club and a whole bunch of Boy Scouts joined in on the Ocean Conservancy's International Coastal Cleanup. Sebago folks went on foot to the shoreline of Canarsie Park, while the Boy Scouts set out in a flotilla of canoes for the opposite shore. We cleaned for a couple of hours.

The amount of trash is overwhelming and we'll never get all of it, but the idea here is more about statistics - we divided into small teams and each team logs what we picked up. The Ocean Conservancy compiles the data from cleanups all over the world and that helps guide recommendations for policies and legislation that can actually help. And by the end of the day, I think our efforts did actually leave the section of the Paerdegat that we worked on noticeably cleaner. Of course I assigned myself "official photographer" duty - click here to visit the Flickr album of the day's activity.

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