The annual HRRP Thomas Pell Wildlife Sanctuary Shoreline Cleanup is not only a fun and rewarding event for the people who participate (thanks again to all who did this year) but it also serves an important purpose in documenting the efforts and progress being made in restoring our waterways by monitoring and tracking the debris and trash we collect. HRRP works in conjunction with the American Littoral Society and the Ocean Conservancy — just two of the many environmental groups advocating for our waterways — in organizing these cleanups. Part of that job is submitting surveys to both groups, with a record of the number of people who attended, and the amount and types of debris we’ve collected. The finished surveys are shown below and can also be found on our website: www.hutchinsonriverrestorationproject.org.
Here are some of the highlights (a complete breakdown of the items collected can be seen on the report):
- Number of people who participated this year: 51 adults / 16 children
- Number of trash bags filled: 82
- Distance covered: 2.5 miles
- Most unusual item(s) collected: 2 swimming pools
One participant found a fully intact horseshoe crab shell:
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Ocean Conservancy Ocean Trash Data Form
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