Long Branch: On Saturday, Waves of Action teamed up with the Whale Pond Brook Watershed Association, Monmouth County Clean Communities, and Clean Ocean Action at Takanassee Lake in Long Branch for both a shoreline cleanup both east and west of the railroad tracks.
The cleanup started around 9:00am and ran for most of the day. This was the second time in two weeks that these groups teamed up with each other to clean up Takanassee Lake.
Linda Stehlik, a marine biologist, environmental activist, and member of Clean Ocean Action, was just one of thirty conservations, volunteers, and environmentalists, who were on-site to help clean up debris in and around the lakes.
John Minton of Monmouth County Clean Communities estimates that cleanups like these remove around 3000 pounds of debris from the lakes, tributaries, and stream, which feed the local watersheds. His group supplies the trash bags and truck, which enables the removal of the trash and debris collected throughout the day.
Julie Kirsch, Shrewsbury, heard of this event in the newspaper and thought that it was time that she helped the Sandy relief cleanup by helping to clean the lake.
Michelle Puri and her children traveled from Scotch Plains to be part of this service project. Volunteering to cleanup the lake was part of their “Destination Imagination” program where children are encouraged to participate in activities that promote both problem solving and team building. Additionally, several children were using iPads to record video, audio, and images, which will be used in a documentary project as part of the “Destination Imagination” program.
Ed Dlugosz and Faith Teitelbaum have been coordinating cleanups and environmental projects for over four years. The connections with the environmental communities, including the watershed ambassadors, allows for GIS mapping and stream health studies throughout Monmouth County.