2010-05-13 / Letters to the Editor

Thanks for removing 4,000 pounds of trash

The Jamestown Conservation Commission would like to express its appreciation for all those who made the recent annual Earth Day Shoreline Clean-up a success – we got 4,000 pounds of garbage!

We thank Bill Piva and the town for allowing us to use the recreation center as a rallying point, Slice of Heaven for getting us started with coffee and muffins, and everyone who gave up their Saturday morning to clean our island’s shoreline.

We also thank those volunteers who used their personal vehicles for hauling the bagged litter to the dumpster donated by Island Rubbish. Finally, we thank the Conanicut Island Land Trust for serving a hardy lunch, Bruce Long for providing Del’s Lemonade and the Jamestown Press for getting the word out.

It is our hope that all Jamestown residents and visitors alike will enjoy our public shoreline access areas in the upcoming months and not find trash everywhere they look – at least for a while. Our oceans sustain us and are sadly the principal repositories of our trash. More a conveyer belt than a bottomless pit, they serve up our waste to creatures great and small, and make our coastlines into a showcase for all the things we discard that never go away.

The message in the bottle – we need to better manage our footprint in this world. In the meantime, let us band together on Earth Day and gather up the litter that finds its way to our island home each year.
Patrick Driscoll
Jamestown Conservation

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