Manhasset Bay To Get Some TLC

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The beach cleanups as part of the International Coastal Cleanup will prevent debris from ending up in the Manhasset Bay. (Photo courtesy Fred Hsu via WIkimedia Commons)

The International Coastal Cleanup is a 30-year program from the Ocean Conservancy where volunteers from states and territories throughout the United States and more than 100 countries come together each year to participate in a cleanup event near them.

The small cleanups at waterfronts across the world have a big impact, as volunteers collect data on the amount and types of trash collected, submitting it all through the Ocean Conservancy app, Clean Swell. In 2019, the 943,195 volunteers collected and disposed of approximately 21 million pounds of trash. All the data collected has played a direct role in shaping national legislation and in helping municipalities create recycling or other programs to prevent debris from ending up in the ocean or on shores.

To register for the Manhasset Bay cleanup on Sept. 25 at 9:30 a.m, email mbpcExec@gmail.com. The cleanup will be happening at two locations; the Manorhaven Town Boat Ramp and Baywalk Park. Be sure to bring personal protective equipment, water, old clothes and shoes that can get wet, a hat, sunscreen, bug repellent, latex gloves and trash bags. Masks will be required at the registration table. Kids and adults are encouraged to participate. There will also be Fun Patches for the Scouts.

This event is sponsored by the Northeast Chapter of the American Littoral Society, the Manhasset Bay Protection Committee, the Town of North Hempstead and the Village of Port Washington North.

—Arranged by Manhasset Press staff

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