Paddlers came from all over. Some from as far as 2.5 hours away in order to share in a community paddle and clean up of a nature preserve in East Hampton, NY. The result? More paddle clean ups comin’!
Trash Clean up of Local Waters Leads to Long Island-Wide Movement
Some came from Manhattan, others from Centereach and still more from Bayshore and Montauk. In the end, the entire region of Long Island was well represented in the Accabonac Paddle and Clean Up effort this past Saturday in East Hampton, NY.
In a collaboration with Surfrider’s Eastern Long Island Chapter, the Accabonac Protection Committee and the Nature Conservancy, 20 paddlers made a difference to the environment and scratched Mother Nature’s back. Winter’s high winds and tides had brought an accumulation of trash into a treasured preserve, just off of Gerard Drive in East Hampton, NY and local paddler Evelyn O’Doherty decided to call in the troops to correct the matter.
Community Paddle inspires Conversation and greater Commitment
In the end, it wasn’t only about the clean up, but the conversations that took place, between paddlers and between organizations, about how as a paddling tribe we have a voice. We travel, we love our bodies of water and, in the end, if we don’t speak up about it, who will? The gathering of souls this past Saturday created a network of committed friends who have decided to take the ‘Paddle and Clean Up’ concept back to their neighborhoods all over Long Island to return favorite bodies of water back to their pristine and rightful state.
Create your own community paddle and clean up! Wear your PFD’s!
It’s simple. Choose a body of water. Call in the tribe, whether through a text chain or a Facebook group, and pick a date to gather. Many hands are more effective than one pair standing solo and, as this Saturday’s clean up shows, makes quick work of a messy task.
Within 2 hours, the Kaplan Meadows Preserve, a parcel of land on Accabonac Harbor in East Hampton, was cleaned out and the debris ferried back to the parking lot. There, trash pick up happened around the time of the paddlers’ arrival and collectors carted off the debris to the cheers and good will of participants.
Aloha to everyone who turned out for this inaugural paddle in East Hampton! Let’s hear from the rest of you who organize a clean up in your neighborhood by posting it on our EVENTS PAGE at SJ Online. Bang the drum! Call in the tribe! Together, we make a difference.