FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact Rob Weltner, President
Tel: (516) 378-4770
Freeport, NY, February 21, 2011 - On Saturday, March 12, from 9am - noon, Operation SPLASH. (Stop Polluting Littering and Save Harbors) will kick off the 2011 season with OpSPLASH 21, the largest clean-up of the year. In its 21st year, SPLASH volunteers will board boats and be ferried out to remote islands and marshes off the South Shore. Bags in hand, volunteers will be on the look out for all sorts of trash and debris that they can find.
Last year, more than 150 people donated their morning for the clean-up. In just two hours, SPLASH volunteers picked up 25,000 pounds of trash. In addition to ordinary trash, volunteers picked up truck tires, a yoga mat, and a rowboat! This year Operation SPLASH. is looking to set a new record of 35,000 pounds of trash rescued from our waters.
Volunteers, must dress in warm layers, with waterproof boots, waterproof gloves and a hat. For safety reasons, no sneakers or shoes are permitted. In addition, volunteers should bring a change of clothes, sunglasses, sunscreen and any other essentials. Children must be at least 12 years old and must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Assemble at the South end of Woodcleft Avenue in Freeport, at 9am on March 12.
Founded in Freeport in 1990, Operation SPLASH is a 1,500 member, grassroots, all-volunteer organization dedicated to improving the quality of the waterways along the South Shore of Long Island. Throughout its 20 year history, SPLASH volunteers have removed 1,000,000 pounds of trash from the local waterways. The organization is currently working on other important projects designed to protect and preserve the fragile South Shore estuaries.
To register for OpSPLASH 21 or to arrange a presentation at your school, Scout group or civic organization, call (516) 378-4770 or email OperationSPLASH@optonline.net. If the weather is questionable, check the SPLASH website at www.operationsplash.org or call (516) 378-4770.