What will you FIND at this year’s Waterway Cleanup? February 24, 2016
The five deadliest types of ocean trash to marine wildlife are plastic bags and utensils, balloons, fishing line, cigarette butts and bottle caps, and volunteers at this year’s Broward County Waterway Cleanup are challenged with finding as many of those items as possible.
The Marine Industries Association of South Florida and the Marine Industry Cares Foundation are partnering again on the cleanup, which is now in its 39th year and bigger than ever, with 35 sites throughout the county.
The county’s largest and longest-running environmental event will take place on March 5 from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Volunteers are encouraged to preregister and can participate by land, boat, kayak, paddleboard or method of their choice. After the event, there will be a celebration open to volunteers known as the Trash Bash at Briny Irish Pub in Fort Lauderdale featuring food, beverages, live music and raffle prizes.
“The area’s waterways play an important role in our quality of life, and we want them to be clean so everyone in both our community as a whole and the marine industry can enjoy them,” said MIASF Executive Director Phil Purcell.
The event is presented by the Florida Inland Navigation District, and partners include the Broward County Environmental Protection & Growth Management Department and the North Springs Improvement District. Groups that will be participating include the Sea Cadet Corps, International Seakeepers Society, SOS Ocean Cleanup, local scout troops, the marine magnet programs at South Broward High School and New River Middle School and many more.
A complete list of sites and registration information is available at www.waterwaycleanup.org. There are also scholarships available to middle- and high-school students, community service hours and patches for Scouts who participate.
Last year, almost 2,000 volunteers of all ages pitched in from designated sites to remove 17 tons of trash and debris from county waterways, rivers and canals.