Cleanup sur­passes last year

KI Beach Cleanups says largest ef­fort to date

Record Observer - - Community - By DOUG BISHOP dbishop@kibay­times.com

STEVENSVILLE — On Satur­day, Sept. 17, 179 vol­un­teers with Kent Is­land Beach Cleanups turned out at nine dif­fer­ent wa­ter­front lo­ca­tions in Queen Anne’s County to par­tic­i­pate in the 31st an­nual In­ter­na­tional Coastal Cleanup. This was the fifth con­sec­u­tive year for KIBCU, which has par­tic­i­pated ev­ery year since it was formed.

KIBCU Pres­i­dent and founder Kristin Weed was ex­cited to an­nounce, “We beat last year’s num­bers in ev­ery way, and that is thanks to all our amaz­ing site cap­tains and vol­un­teers!”

Local vol­un­teers filled 190 trash bags, with an es­ti­mated weight of 4,800 pounds. Some 26,136 items were col­lected across a dis­tance of three miles.

“This now tops our largest cleanup,” she said.

Top items re­cov­ered in­cluded: food wrap­pers, 4,491; cig­a­rettes, 3,650; small plas­tic pieces, 3,129; small foam pieces, 2,510; metal bot­tle caps, 1,530; plas­tic bev­er­age bot­tles, 1,408; plas­tic lids, 1,194; fish­ing nets and pieces, 868; small pieces of glass, 879; glass bev­er­age bot­tles, 807; and fish­ing line, 567.

Of those who par­tic­i­pated as vol­un­teers, many were Queen Anne’s County res­i­dents, but oth­ers came from An­napo­lis, Pikesville, Bal­ti­more and North­ern Vir­ginia. Some of the groups vol­un­teer­ing in­cluded: Girl Scout Troop 320 of Kent Is­land, Cub Scout Pack 129 of Cen­tre­ville, Stevensville Mid­dle School stu­dents, Spauld­ing High School stu­dents, and mem­bers of The Church of Je­sus Christ of Lat­ter-day Saints of Ch­ester.

The nine clean-up sites were Ro­man­coke Pier (site cap­tain Paula Tan­abe), Kent Nar­rows Pier and Land­ing (site cap­tain Christina Mohs, Old Love Point Park (site cap­tain Stephanie MacKen­zie), Ferry Point Park (site cap­tain Karen Sut­ter and Katie from CBEC), Ter­rapin Beach (site cap­tain Jon Weed), Cen­tre­ville Whart and Land­ing (site cap­tain Fred McNeil), Ben­nett Point Land­ing (site cap­tain Jim Parker), Hem­ing­way’s Beach (site cap­tain Lau­ren Kir wan), and Bridges/Jetty park­ing/fish­ing ar­eas (site cap­tains Joe Estrada and Kath­leen Simp­son.

In 2015, the In­ter­na­tional Coastal Cleanup col­lected 18 mil­lion pounds of trash out of coastal ar­eas world­wide with more than 800,000 vol­un­teers on the same day. The ICC en­cour­ages peo­ple around the world to take the pledge — “You can make a dif­fer­ence. Turn the tide on ocean trash and fight for a healthy ocean.”

PHOTO BY DOUG BISHOP

Part of the group that met at the Cen­tre­ville Wharf, Satur­day morn­ing, Sept. 17, for the Kent Is­land Beach Cleanup’s fifth an­nual global par­tic­i­pa­tion in The Ocean Con­ser­vancy’s In­ter­na­tional Coastal Cleanup. It was one of nine sites in Queen Anne’s County where clean up ef­forts were made. Pic­tured, mem­bers of the Church of Je­sus Christ of Lat­ter-day Saints and Cub Scout Pack 129 were present, along with site co­or­di­na­tor Fred McNeil (fourth from the left). For the mem­bers of the church, it was done with the state of Mary­land’s an­nual “Day to Serve” ser­vice projects across the state that day.

PHOTO BY DOUG BISHOP

From the left, Stevensville Mid­dle School read­ing and lan­guage arts teacher Stephanie MacKen­zie and stu­dents are pic­tured with de­bris they col­lected Satur­day morn­ing, Sept. 17, along the marsh ar­eas sur­round­ing Old Love Point Park in Stevensville.

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