NEW HAVEN, CT — Save the Sound, a program of Connecticut Fund for the Environment, announced recently that their Coastal Cleanup program brought together 2,450 volunteers in 2012 who removed 16,310 pounds of trash from 57 miles of Connecticut beaches and riverfronts. In total, Save the Sound helped coordinate 57 coastal cleanup events across the state this year.
“Once again, the volunteer turnout to help keep our shorelines trash-free has been nothing short of amazing,” said Kierran Broatch, volunteer and outreach coordinator for Save the Sound. “These dedicated volunteers picked up tons of marine debris by hand that would have otherwise posed safety risks not only to beachgoers, but to the wildlife that call these shoreline areas home. We anticipate that our next cleanup season will be more critical than ever, as our volunteers help clean up the debris left in Hurricane Sandy’s wake.”
Of Save the Sound’s 57 cleanups this year, 39 were held in September and October as part of Ocean Conservancy’s International Coastal Cleanup. Two were held in November to clean up debris from Hurricane Sandy.