|26th Annual Alabama Coastal Cleanup is Sept. 21|
August 28, 2013, Orange Beach, AL - The 2013 Annual Alabama Coastal Cleanup is scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 21 from 8 a.m.-noon. This is the 26th year of the State’s largest annual volunteer event.
During the past 25 years, 68,583 volunteers have participated in the removal of 1.4 million pounds of marine debris from Alabama’s valued coastline and waterways.
Although marine debris is trash found in the water or along the shoreline, it often begins its journey at an inland source such as an overturned trash can or litter tossed from a car. This trash then washes into waterways during storms.
This eyesore can pose a real threat to both marine wildlife and humans. Participation in the Alabama Coastal Cleanup provides a unique opportunity to be a part of the solution.
This effort involves a legion of volunteers led by the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (ADCNR) Coastal Section and the Alabama People Against A Littered State (PALS) and is part of the larger International Coastal Cleanup envisioned and led by The Ocean Conservancy.
Volunteers during the past two dozen years have removed all kinds of unusual debris from shorelines throughout Mobile and Baldwin counties. Items have included enough ruined furniture, home appliances, computers and laptops to completely equip a house or office.
According to Kara Lankford, veteran Zone Captain and local Ocean Conservancy Representative, there is no end to the variety of items found during the cleanup.
“Ocean trash ranks as one of the most serious pollution problems of our time, affecting the health of people, wildlife and economies. I would recommend the Alabama Coastal Cleanup to anyone looking to give something back to their surrounding environment,” Lankford said.
Involved citizens, school groups, businesses and clubs walk or boat in 26 different zones www.alcoastalcleanup.com. They pick up what they find and record the data which is submitted to The Ocean Conservancy to track what is getting into our oceans. The information is used for education on the source of the debris and our behaviors as a society.
This huge event couldn’t be possible without a lot of generous support from: The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration; Mobile Bay National Estuary Program; The Original Oyster House; Bebo’s; ExxonMobil; Alabama Power Company; Alabama Seafood Association; Alabama Department of Transportation; Compass Media; Ike's Beach Service; LuLu's; Vulcan Materials Company; ALFA; Honda Manufacturing of Alabama; Alabama Farmer's Cooperative; City of Gulf Shores; City of Orange Beach; Baldwin County Commission; Gulf Shores/Orange Beach Tourism and The Ocean Conservancy.
If you’d like to be involved with the 26th Annual Alabama Coastal Cleanup, please visit www.AlabamaCoastalCleanup.com for a zone nearest you or call 251-928-9792.