With Labor Day signifying the closing of Glen Cove’s beach season, Saturday, Sept. 19, marks the date where Glen Cove families and groups come together to participate in the annual New York State Beach Cleanup Day. This event raises environmental awareness and underscores how people can take action to improve New York’s conservation efforts. Volunteers are asked to meet at 9 a.m. at one of two Glen Cove cleanup sites: Morgan Memorial Park on the playground side or at Pryibil Beach. All supplies will be provided for the beach cleanup.
Held in conjunction with the Northeast Chapter of the American Littoral Society, a group dedicated to the study and conservation of marine life and habitat, this New York State Beach Cleanup Day is unique as volunteers will complete data cards to document the items that have been cleaned up. This information will then be sent to The Ocean Conservancy for analysis and past research from the program has been used to create strategies to combat marine pollution.
In 2014, more than 6,800 volunteers removed and collected data on 46 tons of debris from 245 miles of shorelines across New York State as part of the New York State Beach Cleanup event.
“Glen Cove is fortunate to have miles of beautiful beaches and shorelines; in turn, we need to clean and protect our beaches to ensure the viability of our waterscapes and marine life,” said Mayor Reggie Spinello. “Through participation in initiatives like the New York State Beach Cleanup which is part of the International Coastal Cleanup program, our community is taking proactive steps for environmental conservation.”
“This is an outstanding community service event and children will receive letters documenting their support to help meet school and civic association’s community service project requirements,” said Darcy Belyea, director of Glen Cove’s Parks & Recreation Department.