2006-05-04 / Letters to the Editor

Thanks for Earth Day help

The annual Earth Day Shoreline Cleanup once again marked a successful constructive start to spring. A full commercial-sized Dumpster of debris from the shoreline was gathered and removed from the island on Saturday, April 22. Among the more notable items collected were some enormous blocks of Styrofoam - the kind that forms little white annoying beads that stick to everything, and which is no longer legal for dock floatation - more beer cans and bottles from party-eras past, and for some reason a lot of lumber - from dock boards to pressure treated and composite "Trex" pieces. Though one parent urged his child to look, none of the old Jamestown Bridge made it to shore. In

all, about 100 people showed up to take part in the event, about the same as last year. A number of the faces were new, so it's good to see it's not the same people!

The Conservation Commission would like to thank everyone that came out to pay tribute to the health and well-being of our island, especially the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management, who provides the bags, gloves, freebies and mini-grants for the event. We would also like to thank Slice of Heaven

for providing the early morning incentive (coffee and pastries), the Conanicut Island Land Trust for providing the post-cleanup lunch on the Community Center patio, as well as state Rep. Bruce Long for bringing the season's first cooler of Del's Lemonade. As always, we'd also like to thank Island Rubbish Service for donating the Dumpsters.

The fact that we have come this far - from over 30 tons and a heaping town square of trash the first year - is a testament to the cleanliness of our island and our waters. Hopefully, all enjoyed the crisp, beautiful day it turned out to be, and hopefully, we'll see you again next year.

Tom Johnson, Jamestown Conservation

Commission

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