International coastal cleanup to include shores of Seneca Lake
(Sept. 7, 2004) GENEVA, N.Y.— As part of the annual observance of the International Coastal Cleanup, the Finger Lakes Institute at Hobart and William Smith Colleges is sponsoring a community cleanup at Seneca Lake State Park, Shelter No. 4, beginning at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 18.
Coordinated by the American Littoral Society, the International Coastal Cleanup event gives community members the opportunity to participate in hands-on protection of New York’s valuable shoreline. Data collected by volunteers regarding refuse collected along the shores of the state’s lakes and rivers is used to better identify sources of debris and find solutions for preventing it.
In 2003, more than 10,150 volunteers cleaned and documented more than 334,421 pounds of debris at 351 beaches across New York.
Participants must complete and submit a volunteer application form. To register or receive more information on the Seneca lakeshore event, please call Sarah Meyer, Finger Lakes Institute community outreach coordinator, at (315) 781-4382 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. In addition, participants are reminded to bring a bag lunch, and to wear closed-toe shoes and gloves.
The Finger Lakes Institute is a nonprofit organization promoting environmental research and education about the Finger Lakes and surrounding environments.