April 22, Clean Ocean Action Beach Sweeps will be back!
- Atlantic City –
- Albany Avenue (199 S. Albany Avenue, Atlantic City, NJ 08401)
- Oceanville – Edwin B. Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge (800 Great Creek Rd. Oceanville, NJ 08231)
- Longport – 33rd and Atlantic Avenue Beach (Library: 2305 Atlantic Ave. Longport, NJ 08403 B
- Margate – Granville Avenue Beach (Library: 8100 Atlantic Ave. Margate City, NJ 08402
- Ventnor City – Newport Avenue Beach (Community Building: 6500 Atlantic Ave, Ventor City, NJ 08406
- Brigantine – 17th St. Beach, South (Brigantine Beach Patrol, 1700 17th Street, Brigantine, NJ 08203
CAPE MAY COUNTY
- Avalon – Meeting at Stone Harbor Site – 96th Street Beach
- Cape May
- Nature Center of Cape May (1600 Delaware Avenue, Cape May, NJ 08204)
- 2nd Avenue Beach (Jetty Motel: 2nd Beach Ave, Cape May, NJ 08204)
- Del Haven – Sunray Beach (meeting at Sunray Beach- at the end of N. Delaware Ave, and follow the path to the beach)
- Ocean City – 6th Street Ocean City Sports & Civic Center at E. 6th Street & Boardwalk
- Sea Isle City – John F. Kennedy Boulevard Beach
Clean Up took place Saturday, 9/17 9am-12:30pm
- Stone Harbor – 96th Street Beach
- Wildwood – Poplar Avenue Beach (Groff’s Restaurant – 423 E. Magnolia Avenue, Wildwood, NJ 08260)
- Villas – Village Rd. and Bay Drive (meet at the dead end by the beach access)
Clean Up took place Saturday, 10/15 9am-12pm
About COA’s beach clean ups and why you should participate:
In 1985, COA launched the region’s first Beach Sweeps program to rid beaches of unsightly and harmful debris. COA’s Beach Sweeps is one of the longest running cleanups of its kind in the world. The program has grown from 75 people at one site in 1985, to over 5,000 volunteers in 2016. Volunteers gather from Raritan to Delaware Bays and along the ocean to clean beaches and waterways, as well as underwater sites. They join as groups (community, school, business, and organization), families, or individuals. Participants collect and record valuable data about debris, which is presented in annual reports and used to advance federal, state, and local programs to reduce litter.
Fish, whales, birds, and other animals often mistake litter for food. As a result, animals get entangled in or ingest items, such as plastic bags, cigarette filters, and fishing line, with deadly results. Cigarette filters mimic fish and have been found in the stomachs of birds and larger fish, blocking and affecting their digestion. Also, the filters are made of plastic fibers and trap carcinogenic (cancer-causing) chemicals that are introduced into animals’ bloodstreams.
Moreover, plastic litter takes a few years to several hundred years to break down, thereby threatening wildlife for decades. Litter in waterways can also foul boat motors and propellers, resulting in costly repairs. Finally, littered beaches can ruin a day at the beach. Garbage slicks and wash-ups close beaches to swimming and are detrimental to tourism and the coastal economy.