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Plumb, Gerritsen Beaches To Be Cleaned As Part Of “Clean Streets = Clean Beaches.”


Weiner is requesting money to implement long term solutions to Plumb Beach erosion

There will soon be less trash scattered around Plumb Beach and Gerritsen Beach, as New York City and the Environmental Protection Agency launch the “Clean Streets = Clean Beaches 2012” program, bringing volunteer cleanups to our shores.

Clean Streets = Clean Beaches is a beach cleanup program geared towards enhancing the quality of New York City’s beaches by putting an end to littering. A total of six city beaches will be cleaned as part of this initiative. Posters will be exhibited at beaches and on 2,000 New York City sanitation vehicles.

The program was initiated at MCU Park at Coney Island, when U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Deputy Region 2 Administrator George Pavlou and several commissioners threw out the first pitch of a Brooklyn Cyclones game. Environmental Protection staff also handed out “Clean Streets = Clean Beaches” flier toys to around 5,000 children present.

“The Clean Streets = Clean Beaches campaign stresses the importance of cooperation, not only among federal and city agencies, but also among all New Yorkers,” Department of Sanitation Commissioner John Doherty said. “Keeping New York City and our local beaches clean and beautiful is everybody’s responsibility. Through DSNY cleaning efforts, and those of various partnerships and public participation, New York City remains the cleanest it’s been in 35 years.”

“Clean Streets-Clean Beaches,” has existed since the early 1990s, and has served as a means of connecting garbage in the streets and on the beaches. Each year, trash thrown onto the streets and parks of New York City can be washed into the city sewer system and soon appear on beaches.

The 2012 “Clean Streets = Clean Beaches” program will feature volunteer beach cleanups at Gerritsen, Kaiser Park, and Plumb Beaches in Brooklyn, Pugsley Creek Park in the Bronx, Conference House Beach in Staten Island, and Rockaway Beach in Queens. The Department of Environmental Protection will place their staff at entrances of New York City beaches to offer reusable tote bags for visitors’ disposable plastic or paper bags, in an effort to reduce litter and preserve the environment.

This program will take place on August 12.

Want to help make your local beaches cleaner? Join the campaign and help the city achieve their goals. For information on volunteering,or visit

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  1. Is the “Environmental Protection Agency” the same as the DEP????
    Last year when Bites ran a story on how some young woman organized a clean up of )P(lumb beach for her birthday the bagged up garbage sat there for months. When I complained of the poison ivy it took News12 to get action. When the Parks Department did not even know it was their responsibility. (There is still poison ivy running rampant  and clean up crews brought in by the city don’t even know what they are chopping away.)  DID ANYONE POST SIGNS THAT SAY THERE IS POISON IVY PRESENT?????
    I just love how everyone jumps on the wagon when $$$$$ is involved. It makes me sick.

  2. Great Start.
    The big problem is the rotting boat slips in the creek. Properties purchased
    Several years ago are just sitting there with no improvements being made.
    Why the City, State, and Federal authorities allow the waterways to be filled with this debris that breaks away and is also a hazard to navigation, is not understandable. Who is responsible to take away this floating debris that breaks away? Who is responsible to get the owners of part of this derelict property to
    clean it up?

  3. you are in nature…do you want signs for sharp seashells, sharp crabs, jelly fish, possible rain/snow, wind, seagulls, and every other little thing that can bother you?
    deal with it….it shouldn’t be the governments job to inform the ignorant

  4. There have been signs posted in parks and on trails informing the public of such hazards as poison ivy. Do people need to be told they are in a falling rock zone? 
    Not everyone knows what poison ivy looks like. When I was there with News12 almost every person we spoke to was thankful to be told. There are warning flags on the beach for conditions….Hey, just look out at the ocean and ask yourself does that look like a sand barge. Rip=tide warnings and such who needs ’em. Right? NOT.
    I didn’t mention all the silly shit you brought up just a job half done. I hope no children in your family ever end up with it traveling by hand to the eye. Not a comfortable thing that can be avoided.
    The gov’t only informs the ignorant of what they want them to know. Done with it. Bye-bye.


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