DATE: August 29, 2012
CONTACT: Pat Quinn
Broward County Natural Resources Planning and Management
Volunteers are needed from throughout Broward County to participate in the 27th Annual International Coastal Cleanup, sponsored by the Ocean Conservancy and coordinated by Broward County Natural Resources Planning and Management. This year's event will be held from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, September 15.
Participants can sign up on the event day at any of the 13 cleanup locations throughout the County: Deerfield Island Park, Deerfield Beach, Pompano Beach, Lauderdale-By-The-Sea, Fort Lauderdale Earl Lifshey Park, Hugh Taylor Birch State Park, Fort Lauderdale South Beach Park, John U. Lloyd State Park, Dania Beach, Hollywood North Beach Park, Hollywood Beach Central at Oceanwalk Mall, Hollywood Beach South at Keating Park and Hallandale Beach.
Deerfield Island Park is a new cleanup location this year. Volunteers can participate onshore or in their canoes or kayaks. All volunteers can register at signuptocleanup.org and should bring a hat, sunscreen, gloves and water.
Last year, 2,344 volunteers collected 4,545 pounds of garbage in Broward County during the cleanup. Worldwide almost 600,000 volunteers collected more than 9 million pounds of litter and marine debris from the shores, lakes and rivers in 36 countries.
The International Coastal Cleanup is the first step in year-round efforts to finding solutions for the problem of marine debris, which damages sensitive coastal habitats and kills thousands of wildlife and fish each year. Cleanup volunteers also assist by collecting information on found items and providing them to the Ocean Conservancy which educates the public about the debris problem and possible solutions.
For additional information and site map, visit the Coastal Cleanup website or call 954-519-1270.