Saturday, February 21, 2009

Beach and Marina cleanup in Rincón Puerto Rico

February 21st, 2009

Beach and Marina Cleanup

en español

Work day # 6

Today, the final beach and creek, or marina cleanup in this case, of the 2008-2009 Coral Reef Restoration program went out in style when more than 40 volunteers came out to make Rincón's Black Eagle Marina and adjacent beaches clean. Surfrider Foundation Rincón would like to thank Samanta Chardón Ortiz, a teacher from WALKS School in Mayaguez, for attending the event with her students and their parents. Beautiful weather allowed the volunteers to gather copious amounts of debris around the marina and along the adjacent beaches.

The volunteers collected all sorts of debris ranging from old beach chairs and 'Don Q' banners, to plastic bottles, cans, beer bottles, paper, clothing, metal rebar and parts of old equipment, and tires. In addition, some volunteers cut hedges with a 'weedwacker,' trimmed trees with machetes, and moved heavy objects with a tractor.

After three hours of working under the beautiful Caribbean sun 4 piles of debris had accumulated; a pile for trash, a pile for large metal objects and tires, a refuse pile, and another pile of miscellaneous scrap metal. Surfrider Foundation Rincón, all the volunteers, the tourists, and the businesses in the marina would like to thank the Muncipality of Rincón for removing the piles of debris from the marina on Monday morning and disposing of the debris in a proper disposal area. Thank you for all of your help!

Contact me (Wess Merten) at 401-258-4627 or for more information on helping out in this coral reef restoration and marine debris removal effort.

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