Pounds and pounds of debris removed from the shores of the GSP

Fri, 08/19/2022 - 2:30pm

If you call having to pick up two dumpsters worth of trash from the shores of the Great Salt Pond a success, then The Nature Conservancy’s and the Block Island Conservancy’s beach clean-up on Monday, August 15 was just that – a success.
One of the dumpsters was at the Coast Guard Station and the other at the Block Island Club. Block Island Recycling Management made sure to have them empty and ready to go for the clean-up.
Groups were dispatched to different areas of the pond to collect the flotsam and jetsam that collects every year along the shores of the pond. Some went to the Coast Guard Channel, some did the inner ponds, some did the area between the Block Island Club and Beane Point, and others covered wherever they could.
Kids with the Block Island Fishing Academy went out to “the cut” at the Coast Guard Station while kids from Camp Mohegan, run by the Block Island Recreation Department, hit up Bonnell Beach and went down the path at Ball O’Brien Park to cover the shore in that area. The Block Island Club covered the shore between Andy’s Way and Beane Point.
There were at least 17 teams participating from local non-profit organizations, town commissions, and private businesses as well as family groups.
Organizer Diandra Verbeyst of The Nature Conservancy said: “The cleanup was a great success. Lots of bags of trash!”
Verbeyst told The Times that to celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of the Block Island Conservancy, there was a special drawing to win an orb that was specially blown by Eben Horton to mark the occasion.
Maddie Belisle, who was here vacationing with her family for the week joined the clean-up. “She and her mom came,” said Verbeyst, adding that they were hoping to win the orb, and, when names were pulled out of a bag, Maddie was the ecstatic winner. Verbeyst said: “Another sweet story is this bunch of young kids that came, hoping for an orb, and they found one while picking up trash at Mosquito beach!”