Here are the reports from our 7th annual cleanup on Sept. 18th. We file these reports each year with the American Littoral Society and the Ocean Conservancy so they can record and track the data for surveys and progress reports about the health of our waterways. These files are also uploaded to the “Documents” section of our website.
58 people participated this year, the most ever. We want to thank everyone for your efforts in helping to restore this treasure in our own back yard, and in helping to protect the ecosystem of one of the last remaining salt marshes in NYC.
We’l be posting pictures from the cleanup soon.
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We hope you all had an exciting, enjoyable and worthwhile day at our 7th Annual Hutch Cleanup. We’ll be submitting reports to the American Littoral Society and the Ocean Conservancy which sponsor and monitor these cleanups. The reports will be uploaded to the Documents section of the website for you to review.
We’d also like this year’s participants to report back to us as well. We’ve created a form on the website where you can give us your feedback about the event, for example, what site you went to; the strangest / most unexpected thing you found; what you learned; suggestions and ideas for improving the event; or any other comments you want to make.
Go to our “2016 Cleanup Participant Survey” page to fill out and submit the form. (your personal information will not be seen on the site). Or you may comment in the “Leave a Reply” box at the bottom of the page.
Our thanks to everyone who helped out today. You are making a difference. Hope to see you at next year’s cleanup.
A scene from our 2015 Cleanup
You’re invited to join HRRP for our 7th Annual Thomas Pell Wildlife Sanctuary Cleanup. The event will be held on Sunday September 18, 2016 from 9am — 3pm. Volunteers will assemble on the southwest corner of City Island Rd. and Shore Rd., Bronx, NY (across from the Pelham Bit Stables). The BX29 bus stops right there.
Parking will be available in the Turtle Cove Driving Range parking area on City Island Rd.
The goals of the Thomas Pell Wildlife Sanctuary Cleanup Project are to bring the existence of the Sanctuary. located in Pelham Bay Park, to the community’s attention and to continue the cleanup of the debris (bottles, plastic,tires, etc.) that is found on its one and a half mile shore on the east bank of the Hutchinson River. The Pell Sanctuary is the largest salt marsh habitat in New York City outside of Jamaica Bay. It is only accessible from the Hutchinson River. It is impossible to reach this shore from the land because the land is swampy and devoid of trails. Because of this limited accessibility, the only way to approach the cleanup area is by boat. So that the sanctuary nesting cycle is not disturbed, access is limited until Summer’s end. The third limit is overall working environment, weather and tides. Experience has shown that rising tide is the major factor. Considering these limits, Sunday September 18, 2016 has been selected. The volunteers will be taken to the cleanup sites by canoe or power boat. At the sites the cleanup parties will place recovered trash in bags which will then be placed in the power boats and taken to the shore processing point. The power boats will continue to return to the cleanup sites until all bags and volunteers are recovered.
For more info, contact Hutchinson River Restoration Project (HRRP) at 718 885 9653 or HutchinsonRRP@aol.com.
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This Project is supported by American Rivers, the American Littoral Society, and the Urban Park Rangers.
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:
If you’d like more information, would like to volunteer with HRRP, or would like to subscribe to our email list, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
American Littoral Society NYS Beach Cleanup Report
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Ocean Conservancy Ocean Trash Data Form
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