■ Eco-friendly vol­un­teers tackle wa­ter­way cleanup and dune restora­tion

South Florida Sun-Sentinel (Sunday) - - Travel & Life - By Kris­lyn Placide Sun Sen­tinel So­ci­ety Scene

Ear­lier this month, two vol­un­teer pro­jects turned at­ten­tion to Broward County’s en­vi­ron­ment. From wa­ter­way cleanup to dune restora­tion, res­i­dents took an ac­tive role in pro­tect­ing and pre­serv­ing the lo­cal ecol­ogy.

On March 2, more than 1,400 vol­un­teers col­lected 35 tons of trash from 38 lo­ca­tions dur­ing the 42nd an­nual Broward County Wa­ter­way Cleanup or­ga­nized by the Ma­rine In­dus­tries As­so­ci­a­tion of South Florida. When the work was done, they gath­ered for the Trash Bash Thank You Party, which in­cluded live mu­sic, free food and bev­er­ages and more than a dozen raf­fle prizes.

The or­ga­ni­za­tion also awarded schol­ar­ships to the win­ners of a mid­dle and high school re­cy­cled art, es­say and short story con­tests dur­ing the party.

Visit wa­ter­way­cleanup.org.

Just a week later, an­other project took place along the county’s shore­lines.

Vol­un­teers from Florida Power & Light Co. part­nered with the Audubon So­ci­ety and the Youth En­vi­ron­men­tal Al­liance to plant sea oats to help with dune restora­tion.

The event was part of FPL’s 11th an­nual Power to Care week in which more than 1,000 em­ploy­ees par­tic­i­pate in vol­un­teer pro­jects across the state.

MA­RINE IN­DUS­TRIES AS­SO­CI­A­TION OF SOUTH FLORIDA/COUR­TESY PHO­TOS

More than 1,400 vol­un­teers par­tic­i­pated in the 42nd an­nual Broward County Wa­ter­way Cleanup which re­sulted in the col­lec­tion of 35 tons of trash and de­bris from 38 sites across the county.

FPL/COUR­TESY

Florida Power & Light Co. vol­un­teers at the end of the event on Pom­pano Beach that had FPL and the Audubon So­ci­ety plant sea oats.

FPL/COUR­TESY

Ben Wes­ley and David Siger­son dig while Rhonda Ea­ton uses the hose on re­cently planted oats on Pom­pano Beach that were sown as part of FPL and the Audubon So­ci­ety sea oats plant­ing project March 9.

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