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East river cleanup

East river cleanup

Sep 19, 2017

New York | New York 

Date
November 18, 2017

Haul
1464 lbs. 

 

On November 18th, 74 volunteers joined United by Blue, Lower East Side Ecology Center, and honeygrow for a cleanup along the East River at East River Park. 

The historic East River flows for 16 miles through New York City. In early American history the river served as vital resource for trade and expansion, as a route to the various boroughs of New York. The East River is considered a salt water tidal estuary, connecting to the Long Island Sound, and has a very diverse ecosystem. Unfortunately, the tributaries that connect to the East River, often carry trash downstream. As the tide rolls in and out, the litter and debris get trapped along it's banks.  

The volunteers worked for 2 hours along the rocky coves of the riverbank. They were able to remove 1464 lbs of trash and recycling including old construction debris, styrofoam, and plastic bottles, and some weird trash items like a message in a bottle, a turtle shell and and old baby doll! 

Special thanks to Lower East Side Ecology Center and honeygrow for their support!