2009-10-01 / Other News

Volunteers Littorally Clean Up Beach At Canarsie Pier

(Clockwise from top left) Ranger Ramirez posts “Leave No Trace” sign in the sand; volunteers scour the beach to collect loose trash; Tatiana Malvoisin, president of the Phyisician’s Assistant Club, adds items to her trash bag; (from left) Shana-Kay Francis, Shivon Mark and Travis Clement prove cleaning up the environment can be fun, too, and St. Francis students pose with Gateway ranger Jimenez before gettin’ down ‘n dirty. (Clockwise from top left) Ranger Ramirez posts “Leave No Trace” sign in the sand; volunteers scour the beach to collect loose trash; Tatiana Malvoisin, president of the Phyisician’s Assistant Club, adds items to her trash bag; (from left) Shana-Kay Francis, Shivon Mark and Travis Clement prove cleaning up the environment can be fun, too, and St. Francis students pose with Gateway ranger Jimenez before gettin’ down ‘n dirty. As part of the American Littoral Society’s 24th Annual International Coastal Cleanup last month, conducted at over 300 beaches across New York State, a group of volunteers converged on the beach adjacent to Canarsie Pier last Saturday to collect and remove trash and other debris that had accumulated there over the summer.

Volunteers this year were from Brooklyn’s St. Francis College’s Environmental and Physician Assistant (PAC) clubs. The event was supervised by Jose Ramirez, the supervisory park ranger for the Gateway National Recreation Areas’ north shore district.

Photos by Bennett Silverman         Photos by Bennett Silverman The environmental organization arranges these cleanups as a way to increase public participation in solving the problem of pollution and to increase public awareness and appreciation of the coastal environment.



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