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Volunteers sought for Elmer’s Island Beach cleanup Saturday

Volunteers sought for Elmer’s Island Beach cleanup Saturday


Nicholls State University, in partnership with the Barataria-Terrebonne National Estuary Program (BTNEP) and the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF), are hosting a beach cleanup at Elmer’s Island this Saturday, September 15, and will coincide with the Ocean Conservancy’s Annual International Coastal Cleanup Day and National Estuaries Week.

The Elmer’s Island event will start at 10 a.m. and will end around 1 p.m.

Volunteers will clean approximately 2.5 miles of shoreline on Elmer’s Island.

During the Cleanup volunteers will remove, categorize, and weigh trash and debris. Data will be collated and sent to the Ocean Conservancy to be included in the 2018 International Coastal Cleanup database and report which is scheduled to be released in 2019.

“That data will provide useful insight into ways we can reduce the problematic trend of pollution on the shoreline and plastics in our waterways,” Dr. Allyse Ferrara, Jerry Ledet Endowed Professor of Environmental Biology at Nicholls, said in a news release.

All volunteers must provide their own transportation to the site and should be aware that vehicles driving south on LA Hwy. 1 must pay the bridge toll which is $3 for most vehicles.

Hosts will supply data sheets and clipboards, garbage bags, and coolers of water to refill reusable water bottles. Participants are asked to bring refillable water bottles to reduce waste generated by the Cleanup. No bottled water will be provided.

Volunteers are asked to wear closed toe shoes, sunscreen, sunglasses and a hat. Volunteers are also encouraged to please bring a bucket to collect debris to help reduce the number of garbage bags used for the Cleanup.

To register for the International Coastal Cleanup at Elmer’s Island go to https://form.jotform.com/82196102208147 to submit your registration.

Volunteers under 18 years old must be accompanied by a guardian and must have a guardian sign a waiver at the registration table at the Cleanup.

For additional information contact BTNEP at www.BTNEP.org, or call 985-447-0868.

Last year, 200 volunteers – including 42 students, faculty and staff from Nicholls – collected more than 4,000 pounds of debris and waste. Included in the 15,814 items collected were 3,441 plastic bottles, 2,246 small plastic pieces and an 80-pound tarball.