Save The Sound hosts beach cleanups

Save the Sound, a bi-state program of Connecticut Fund for the environment, is hosting coastal cleanups at 70 sites across Long Island Sound’s Connecticut shoreline throughout September and October.

The cleanups, co-hosted by local partners including civic associations, youth groups, churches, clubs, and environmental organizations, are part of the International Coastal Cleanup. This year’s ICC Day is this Saturday, Sept. 17. Twenty public cleanups are expected on Saturday, with two more on Sunday and others through mid-October. There are also additional private cleanups.

Ocean trash threatens the health of beachgoers, birds, sea turtles, fish, and marine mammals, and damages economic activity such as tourism and the fishing industry. Every piece of trash volunteers find is tracked, reported to Save the Sound, and included in Ocean Conservancy’s annual index of global marine debris.

Ocean Conservancy founded ICC 31 years ago, and Save the Sound has been the official Connecticut coordinator since 2002. Over the event’s three-decade history, 11.5 million volunteers have collected 210 million pounds of trash worldwide. In 2015, Save the Sound brought together 1,512 volunteers at 58 cleanups to remove over three tons of litter and debris from Connecticut beaches, marshes, and riverbanks.

For a complete list of public coastal cleanups happening in Connecticut throughout September and October, please visit Save the Sound’s blog. Members of the public can register for cleanups here.

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.