More than 100 people took part in an ambitious community cleanup effort Sunday in Mastic Beach.
The volunteers picked up trash in a waterfront area that stretches from Cranberry Pier to Sheeps Pen Creek, as part of an effort organized by Mastic Beach Conservancy. It was the newly formed group’s first cleanup event.
“Thank you for taking pride in the community, volunteering and a special thank you to everyone involved in the Mastic Beach Conservancy,” Brookhaven Town Councilman Dan Panico said in a Facebook post.
Participants gathered at the town’s Marina 5 parking lot, located near the corner of Huntington Drive and Riviera Drive in Mastic Beach. Garbage bags, grabbers and gloves were provided.
The Conservancy in a statement said it is committed to partnering with local community groups to combat the effects of climate change and sea-level rise through a variety of initiatives, including:
- The creation and completion of the publicly-accessible blue/green nature trail along six miles of waterfront in Mastic Beach.
- Arts, design and architecture projects that draw inspiration from the area wetlands, with a focus on conservation.
- Community and youth educational incubators to encourage study and understanding of the wetlands, including the importance of oyster seeding for the health of local waterways.
- Regular cleanups throughout the year.
Former WNBA star Sue Wicks, is the conservancy’s treasurer and will lead some of the group’s educational projects, specifically the ones related to oyster seeding projects.
“I’m proud to be part of this community based grassroots organization uniting all of us in imagining a better, more secure future for our beautiful wetlands,” she said. “I look forward to working with the community and doing whatever we can do to help us get there.”
Panico said the groups looking to organize a clean-up effort can call his office at 631.451.6502.
“We will provide the bags, gloves and the pick up after you are done,” he said.