DATE: September 16, 2013
MEDIA CONTACT: Pat Quinn, Ph.D.
Broward County Natural Resources Planning and Management
Volunteers are needed from throughout Broward County to participate in the 28th 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 Saturday, September 21, from 9 a.m. to noon.
Participants can sign up on the event day at any of the 13 cleanup locations throughout the County: Deerfield Island Park, Deerfield 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, Hollywood Beach South at Keating Park and Hallandale Beach.
To register, email firstname.lastname@example.org. Include your contact information, the site you wish to attend and the number of people in your group. All volunteers should bring a hat, sunscreen, gloves and water.
Last year, more than 2,400 Broward County volunteers collected 7,100 pounds of garbage during the cleanup event while worldwide, almost 600,000 volunteers collected more than 9 million pounds of litter and marine debris from the shores of oceans, lakes and rivers in 36 countries from around the world.
The International Coastal Cleanup is the first step in year-round efforts to finding solutions for the problem of marine debris, which can damage sensitive coastal habitats and kill thousands of wildlife and fish each year. The Cleanup volunteers also collect information about the items found, and these data are given to the Ocean Conservancy, which compiles the data in order to learn more about the global debris problem, develop ways to educate the public and find solutions.
For additional information and site map, visit the Coastal Cleanup website or call 954-519-1270.