Clean Ocean Action’s fall beach sweeps to take place Saturday
Clean Ocean Action is hoping to recruit over 3,000 volunteers for its fall beach sweeps taking place this Saturday, the 30th Anniversary of the semi-annual event.
Nicole Dallara, Communications and Outreach Coordinator for Clean Ocean Action, said volunteers will gather at Sandy Hook at 9 a.m. for a rally before heading out to more than 65 locations around the state.
"We have concerned citizens that like to keep their beaches and waterways clean. We also have schools, and Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts. Everyone is welcomed and we want everyone to come out to keep our beaches and environment clean," said Dallara.
She pointed out volunteering is a good way for people who visit the state's beaches during the summer to give back.
"It's been around for 30 years and it's one of the biggest volunteer events that goes on in New Jersey and we would like it to get even bigger," Dallara said.
As many as 4,000 volunteers participate in the spring beach sweeps, according to Dallara.
"In the spring when we compile all of our data, we'll compile a 'Roster of Ridiculous', and we'll have all the ridiculous items that we found from the spring and fall beach sweeps, so that's always something to look forward to," Dallara said.
Some of the more interesting finds include a yoga mat, parts of doors and even Dracula teeth, according to Dallara.
Dallara said volunteers should bring gloves, wear closed toe shoes, and dress appropriately for the weather.
Saturday's beach sweeps will kick off at 9 a.m., rain or shine, with a rally at Sandy Hook. Volunteers will then head to various locations, including Union Beach, Keyport, Sea Bright, Long Branch and Manasquan.
Volunteers can register online under the beachsweeps section at www.cleanoceanaction.org.