2014-04-24 / Editorial

Help with the island shoreline cleanup Saturday

This Saturday, April 26, volunteers are again needed to help with the annual Earth Day island shoreline cleanup.

The event is a once a year effort to collect most of the jetsam and flotsam that litter our island’s scenic beaches and shoreline. The annual shoreline cleanup has been underway for more than two decades and is cosponsored by the Conservation Commission and the Conanicut Island Land Trust.

Volunteers of all ages are needed. Those who would like to help are asked to meet at the recreation center at 8:30 a.m. on Saturday for complimentary coffee and muffins. It is suggested that volunteers wear old clothes, work boots and bring along some work gloves.

Volunteers with pickup trucks are also needed.

Workers will be assigned to teams which will tackle various areas around the island. Sites scheduled for the spring cleaning include Mackerel Cove, Fort Getty, Head’s Beach, Taylor Point, West and East Ferry, Beavertail Road and North Road.

The trash will be hauled to the East Ferry parking lot where it is tossed into a dumpster donated by Island Rubbish. In past years more than one ton of refuse has been collected. Some years the total nearly reached two tons. It is surprising how dirty our beaches become every year. In past years everything from old tires, timbers, fishing nets, boat parts, plastic bottles, styrofoam bins, old coolers and other debris has been hauled to East Ferry.

The island shoreline cleanup is great community service. This is an appropriate activity for families and local organizations such as Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts.

We’ll see you there!

— Jeff McDonough

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