Volunteers needed for Elmer's Island International Coastal Cleanup event

Staff Writer
Gonzales Weekly Citizen

Nicholls State University in partnership with the Barataria-Terrebonne National Estuary Program (BTNEP) and the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) are hosting a beach cleanup at Elmer’s Island. The event will be on Saturday, September 15, 2018 and will coincide with the Ocean Conservancy's Annual International Coastal Cleanup Day and National Estuaries Week. The Elmer’s Island event will start at 10 a.m. and will end around 1 p.m. Volunteers will clean approximately 2.5 miles of shoreline on Elmer’s Island. During the Cleanup volunteers will remove, categorize, and weigh trash and debris. Data will be collated and sent to the Ocean Conservancy to be included in the 2018 International Coastal Cleanup database and report which is scheduled to be released in 2019.

Citizen-scientist collected data will provide insight into ways to reduce the enormous and growing problem of shoreline pollution and plastics in our waterways. All volunteers must provide their own transportation to the site and are required to pre-register for this event by Monday, September 10, 2018. Please be aware that vehicles driving south on LA Hwy. 1 must pay the bridge toll which is $3 for most vehicles. Hosts will supply data sheets and clip boards, garbage bags, and a light lunch at the end of the event. Hosts will provide coolers of water to refill reusable water bottles, but participants are asked to bring refillable water bottles to reduce waste generated by the Cleanup. No bottled water will be provided.

Volunteers are asked to wear closed toe shoes, sunscreen, sunglasses and a hat. Volunteers are also encouraged to please bring a bucket to collect debris to help us reduce the number of garbage bags used for the Cleanup.

To register for the International Coastal Cleanup at Elmer's Island please go to https://form.jotform.com/82196102208147 to submit your registration by Monday, September 10, 2018.

Volunteers under 18 years old must be accompanied by a guardian and must have a guardian sign a waiver at the registration table at the Cleanup.

For additional information contact BTNEP at www.BTNEP.org, or call 985-447-0868.

Contributed by BTNEP