International Coastal Cleanup on Saturday

The 2013 International Coastal Cleanup day is Saturday and marks the 28th year the Great Lakes Beach Sweep has participated in this important, annual event. After the large scale destruction caused by super storm Sandy, this year more than ever, your help is needed in cleaning the shores, rivers, beaches, lakes, streams and shorelines of marine debris.

Last year 5,645 volunteers removed 62,633 pounds of debris from 244 miles of New York shoreline. If you would like to see the results of the 2012 New York State Beach Cleanup, please visit the Cleanup Site at All your hard work and enthusiasm is greatly appreciated and organizers hope they can count on you again this year to join their effort.

This event has proven to be a significant activity for school children from elementary grades to college. Please encourage any educator or scout leader you know to participate. Cleanups are not only about trash. Cleanups are really about people making a difference and having an impact on the environment.

Diane Clark and Bill Moran with Greystone Nature Preserve is inviting the public at 10 a.m. to noon to the Barcelona beach. They will provide gloves, collection bags and data sheets. The results will be compiled and sent to the International Coastal Cleanup.