37th Annual MIASF Waterway Cleanup April 1, 2014
MIASF’s 37th Annual Waterway Cleanup on March 1 improved 28 sites across Broward County including parks, boat ramps and canals and the land leading up and water adjoining them. Each year the Cleanup attracts thousands of volunteers from many neighborhoods and communities throughout Broward County. People of all ages come out in their boats or waders and work along the shores to clean all kinds of debris from the waterways. Boats involved have numbered in the 70s and the cleanup tally measures in the 18-ton range.
The Cleanup is open to all members of the public and draws high school students and those who may need volunteer hours to get credit for their efforts including numerous Scouting and related groups. MIASF hosts an essay and short story writing contest for middle and high school students in Broward schools. Essay (high school students) contest winners receive $500, while Waterway Cleanup short story (middle school students) winners receive $250.
After 4 hours of collecting the discards, all volunteers were invited to the Trash Bash after party event. Food, drinks and scholarship winners were announced this year at the Dania Beach Pier.
Almost 20 sponsors assist in the management, production and coordination of the event. These include county agencies, cities, area improvement districts, trash haulers, water managers, restaurants, marine product firms and others (for the list, go to waterwaycleanup.org/sponsorships).