NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) — If you walk along the Connecticut shoreline you’ll notice some pretty spectacular views. But you may also notice some trash that people often discard and leave behind. The goal in the coming days and weeks is to clean it all up. Saturday is International Coastal Cleanup Day. Communities around the world will come together to pick up trash along shoreline areas.
Save the Sound is the coordinator of the cleanup in Connecticut. The goal is to organize 72 cleanups between Greenwich and New London through October. All of it with the help from numerous community organizations.
“We’ve been doing coastal cleanups along Long Island Sound and the rivers leading to it for 15 years,” said Chris Cryder, special projects coordinator for Save the Sound.
Last year nearly 7,000 pounds of trash was picked up along 45 miles of the coastline with the help of 1,500 volunteers. Clean up locations this year will be in Norwalk, Bridgeport, New Haven, Branford, Madison, Old Lyme and New London.
The Connecticut Dive Club will also go in the water in New London to pick up trash on Sunday. In past years, they’ve found mattresses and wallets among other things. Kayakers will also go out to some of the smaller islands off the Connecticut coast to pick up trash in those areas as well.
Selected cleanups on Saturday, Sept. 17:
- Sono Harbor Waterfront Overlook, Norwalk. 9:00am – 1:00pm.
- Black Rock/Saint Mary’s by the Sea, Bridgeport. 9:00am – 1:00pm.
- Long Wharf Nature Preserve, New Haven. 10:00am – 2:00pm. With the New Haven Land Trust.
- Branford Point Park, Branford. 9:00am – 12:00pm. With Yale Environmental Health Sciences and the East Shore District Health Department.
- Hammonasset State Park, Madison. East Beach 9:00am – 12:00pm, West Beach 9 – 11:00am. West Beach with Friends of Hammonassett.
- White Sands Beach to Griswold Point, Old Lyme. 9:00am. With St. Ann’s Church.
- Ocean Beach Park, New London. 10:30am – 12:00pm. With the Cedar Island Marina Research Lab.
Selected cleanups on Sunday, Sept. 18:
- Gulf Beach, Milford. 4 – 5:00pm. With Boy Scout Troop 303.
- City Pier, New London. 9:00am – 12:00pm. Underwater dive cleanup with the SECONN Divers.