By Jessica Tuggle
INDIAN RIVER COUNTY -- The health of the lagoon is a hot topic and a talking point in the area, but on July 27, it will be a point of action.
The sixth annual Treasure Coast Waterway Cleanup will take place in Indian River, St. Lucie and Martin counties on July 27 from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and organizers hope to have even more participation than ever before on the 125-mile stretch of waterways in the tri-county area.
"More people equals more trash that we can collect," said coordinator April Price of the Marine Industries Association of the Treasure Coast in a press release.
There will be six clean up locations in Indian River County: the Riverside Park boat ramp on Riverside Drive at the southeast end of the Merrill Barber Bridge; the Vero Beach Municipal Marina at 3611 Rio Vista Blvd., Vero Beach; the Loggerhead Club and Marina at Grand Harbor at 1221 Marina Village Circle, Vero Beach; the Wabasso Causeway boat ramp on County Road 510 in Wabasso; the Sebastian Main Street boat ramp at Main Street and North Indian River Drive in Sebastian; and the Sebastian Inlet Marina at 8685 U.S. 1, Micco.
Since 2008, more than 4,500 volunteers and 1,300 boats collected more than 46.5 tons of trash from the Treasure Coast waters, Ms. Price said in a press release.
Online volunteer registration is available, as is a data card to fill out and report the types of trash collected by the volunteers.
All volunteers will receive a T-shirt for participating.
The data card has space to write down if an entangled animal was found, dead or alive, how many trash bags were filled and the estimated weight of the bags and even instructs volunteers to separate the aluminum, glass and plastic from other trash.
The information collected is then used to determine what types of debris are most prolific in the waterways and how to educate people on waste disposal.
For more information about the Treasure Coast Waterway Cleanup, call Ms. Price at (772) 285-1646 or visit www.tcwaterwaycleanup.com.