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The public is invited to join Clean Up East Haven and Save the Sound for a community cleanup on Saturday,
Oct. 12 from 9 to 10 a.m. starting at the East Haven Town Beach parking lot.
Garbage bags and rubber gloves will be provided by Save the Sound and the law offices of Karen DeMartino, Mayor Joseph Maturo, Goody's Hardware, A&G Cleaning Agents, CT Irrigation, and Big Prints.
Working in both Connecticut and New York, Save the Sound has established a 40-year track record of restoring and protecting the waters and shorelines of the Sound.
In the last five years, Save the Sound's Coastal Cleanup program has brought together more than 11,000 volunteers who have removed more than 90,000 pounds of trash from nearly 300 miles of Connecticut waterfront.
Last year, 2,500 volunteers joined coastal cleanups and removed eight tons of trash from 50 miles of shoreline. Scores of volunteers spent an afternoon planting a dune or restoring a marsh.
Trash on beaches can have hazardous impacts on fish, wildlife, and even local economies, according to Save the Sound officials. Marine life becomes entangled in fishing line, nets, and six-pack rings. Fish, birds, and turtles mistake trash like Styrofoam, plastics, and cigarette butts for food, which may eventually lead to starvation.
Additionally, marine debris weakens economies by sapping dollars from tourism and seafood industries. Long Island Sound contributes more than $9 billion to the regional economy each year.
Save the Sound, supported by the Long Island Sound Study and National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, organizes coastal cleanups in the spring and fall to move debris along the shoreline.
The group has also led coalitions working with elected officials in Connecticut to fund critical clean water projects that are making a difference.
One of Save the Sound's biggest efforts was bringing together scores of towns and thousands of ordinary people to defeat a massive natural gas facility in the middle of the Sound called Broadwater.
The group has restored marshes and river passages at 20 sites around the Sound so many thousands more fish can migrate safely.