Shore cleanups to be held in Groton, New London

Shore cleanups, including two local ones, will be held across the state this weekend for the 32nd annual International Coastal Cleanup Day on Saturday, Sept. 16.

Hundreds of volunteers are expected to collect bottles, plastic bags, beverage cans, cigarette butts and more along Connecticut's coast, according to a news release from Save the Sound, a bi-state program of Connecticut Fund for the Environment.

"This weekend about 900 volunteers are planning to give up part of their own Saturday or Sunday to put on gloves and pick up trash because they know that only their hard work can keep the beaches they love clean and the wildlife in our Sound safe," Long Island Soundkeeper Bill Lucey, a veteran volunteer, said in a news release Friday announcing the initiative. "On average, each cleanup volunteer collects about 22 pounds of trash so every single participant is making a big difference."

Save the Sound has been coordinating the Connecticut cleanups for 15 years as part of the worldwide effort, according to the release.

Locally, the following cleanups will be held:

  • On Saturday, an underwater cleanup will be held with SECONN divers at State Pier in New London from 9:30 a.m. to noon.
  • On Sunday, Mystic Aquarium will be hosting a cleanup at Bluff Point State Park in Groton from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

For a complete list of cleanups taking place this month and in October, visit bit.ly/cleanups2017.

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