Over 200 enthusiastic volunteers from the Church of God came to the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge in Broad Channel and picked up over 12,000 pounds of debris, including a 1,000-pound dock, top, and carted it all away.
Much of the debris hauled away last Sunday was leftover from Hurricane Sandy.
The helpers, who stopped to meet a couple of National Park Service rangers, above, were there as part of the New York State Beach Cleanup, funded by American Littoral Society’s Northeast Chapter, and as part of the Ocean Conservancy’s International Coastal Cleanup. It was the 28th year the cleanup has been held and the fifth featuring Church of God volunteers.
This past weekend, thousands of volunteers across the state picked up debris at over 150 sites, including nine locations in Broad Channel, Howard Beach and the Rockaways.