FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE05-37
Part of International Beach Clean-Up Day
||Saturday, September 17
||8:00 AM to 2:00 PM
||Beaches Throughout the City
Commissioner Emily Lloyd of the
New York City Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) is encouraging
all New Yorkers and DEP’s 6000+ employees to participate
in the 20th Annual New York State Beach Cleanup Day. The event
is organized in New York by the American Littoral Society.
In 2004, over 7,700 New Yorkers worked at 312 sites to remove
over 215,513 pounds of debris from the State’s beaches. This
year, thousands of volunteers from local environmental groups,
schools, civic organizations, government agencies and the general
public will join forces in New York City .
This year’s effort will focus on documenting debris in
an attempt to determine the sources of pollution. Much of the debris
that winds up on City beaches starts out as street litter. Thousands
of pieces of street litter are washed into City storm sewers when
it rains and eventually find their way to the Harbor and onto beaches.
People wishing to volunteer should call the American Littoral
Society at (800) 449-0790 or go to the ALS Web site at www.ALSNYC.org.