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Get Involved! Clean Up Our Coast!

Learn how to get involved and protect and preserve our coastline.

Spring is a great time to remove marine debris from beaches and riverfronts that has washed ashore over the course of winter. Trash along our shorelines is more than just an eyesore; it can have hazardous impacts on fish, wildlife and even local tourism.

It’s important to ensure our coastlines are in tip-top shape before birds, turtles and horseshoe crabs begin their nesting and before tourists flock to these areas come summertime.

CFE/Save the Sound offers a variety of opportunities throughout the calendar year to get involved, but spring is one of the more popular times to pitch in at our coastal cleanups and plantings. Something about the growing days of spring triggers the want in people to get outdoors and lend a hand.

We support dozens of coastal cleanup events each spring and many more in the fall for the annual International Coastal Cleanup. The calendar on our website lists all upcoming volunteer opportunities, including a point person for each event to contact for more information or to RSVP.

Here's a schedule of where we'll be holding coastal cleanups on Saturdays in May (all cleaning supplies will be provided):

  • Milford: Walnut Beach, May 5, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • Stratford: Russian Beach and Long Beach West, May 12, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Stratford: Short Beach, May 12, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • New Haven: West River Memorial Park, May 12, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • Norwalk: Oyster Shell Park, May 19, 9:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.
  • Madison: Hammonasset Beach State Park, May 19, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Visit our calendar for further details on these events.

CFE/Save the Sound supplies volunteers with all cleanup tools from garbage bags and gloves to data cards and pencils for recording various trash items washing up on our shorelines. These cleanups are family-friendly ways to breathe in fresh air all the while giving back to Long Island Sound and everything that calls it home.

Spring is also a perfect time of year for volunteer plantings.

Each year, CFE/Save the Sound manages habitat restoration projects around the Long Island Sound region, most of which include native planting components. Already this spring there was a successful planting at the site of a newly constructed fishway along the Wallace Dam on the Quinnipiac River.

Over the next month, there will be two more volunteer plantings at ongoing project sites; one on May 19 the Pequonnock River in Trumbull and another, larger planting on June 2 along the West River in New Haven. These plantings are accompanied by celebrations that all are welcome to join to commemorate the projects.

These events are great ways for members of the community to get involved and celebrate the restoration of the habitat that is so vital for our fish and wildlife.

For more information about Save the Sound’s volunteer opportunities, please contact us at kbroatch@savethesound.org.

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CitizenVoice May 03, 2012 at 03:18 AM
Nice community service project for the Girl/Boy Scouts.
Joe Norton April 23, 2013 at 01:35 PM
Will I ever get to see this before I die! http://www.naugatuckriver.net/greenways/
Bill Poutray April 23, 2013 at 01:55 PM
Thanks to Save The Sound! Another way Milfordites can pitch in to clean up the city is to take up the 50K By Earth Day Litter Challenge (Milford Earth Day is May 11).If each Milford citizen picked up just one piece of litter we would reach our 50,000 goal.So far about 25,000 pieces of litter have been cleaned up by individuals and groups from churches,schools,clubs, scout troops,businesses and neighborhoods! Approximate litter counts can be reported on the Conservation Commission of Milford Facebook page (click the link at the top of the page and fill out the short form),or in the box in the children's room at the library.Bags of collected trash can be left out for your regular trash pickup.
Michael Nelson April 23, 2013 at 02:26 PM
Awesome article - content and comments. I hope I'm not TDY for the Milford cleanup.
tlkensington April 23, 2013 at 02:29 PM
You guys do realize that this article is from last year?

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