September 26, 2016

Sandy Impact Area Worse Than We Thought It Would Be

Hundreds of Miles of NJ & NY Coastline Look Like This

We spent March 20-22 working to remove trash and coastal litter from the environment at Gateway National Park.

 

There is plastic everywhere in trees and wrapped around shrub limbs.

There is plastic everywhere in trees and wrapped around shrub limbs.

What used to be someones boat.

What used to be someone’s boat.

 

 

 

 

 

Garden hose and other washed up items.

 

Removing a walkway from the beach

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This piece cooperated with us

 

 

Up and off the beach

Up and off the beach

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This sofa was soaked and heavy - especially when it came to getting it over the side of the dumpster.

This sofa was soaked and heavy – especially when it came to getting it over the side of the dumpster.

 

 

A close up look at how the wind wrapped the plastic on the trees and shrubs - looks tied on.

A close up look at how the wind wrapped the plastic on the trees and shrubs – looks tied on.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In the sand right above high tide.

In the sand right above high tide.

We did not use much finesse on this dock - it was hung up and we used the truck and a chain to rip it apart.

We did not use much finesse on this dock – it was hung up and

we used the truck and a chain to rip it apart.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pulling apart the second half of the dock

Pulling apart the second half of the dock

Before final disassembly

Before final disassembly

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The remaining pieces of the dock being removed from the beach and taken to the dumpster we had there

The remaining pieces of the dock being removed from the beach and taken to the dumpster we had there

Washed up fishing line deposit station - being reused.

Washed up fishing line deposit station -was saved for reuse.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A boat that will never be used again.

A boat that will never be used again.

 

 

 

 

These two docks remain on the beach - the park utility pick up truck did not have 4 wheel drive.

These two docks remain on the beach – the park utility pick up truck did not have 4 wheel drive.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Picking up the small stuff is just as important as removing the washed up structures and large items

Picking up the small stuff is just as important as removing the

washed up structures and large items

 

 

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This is a small stretch of clean beach created through the hard work of the volunteers and park rangers.

This is a small stretch of clean beach created through the hard work of the volunteers and park rangers.

A full trash dumpster - we also left a large debris pile on the road that will be picked up by NY Sanitation.

A full trash dumpster – we also left a large debris pile on the road that will be picked up by NY Sanitation.