MYSTIC-WIDE CLEANUP SET FOR FRIDAY IN CELEBRATION OF LONG ISLAND SOUND
A Cooperative Effort of Mystic Aquarium, Mystic Seaport & the Denison Pequotsepos Nature Center
Mystic, Conn. (May 24, 2016): Mystic Aquarium, Mystic Seaport and the Denison Pequotsepos Nature Center have joined forces to host a town-wide, large-scale debris removal event as part of Long island Sound Day. While the measurable goal is to remove 400 pounds of debris from Mystic with the help of 500 volunteers, the ultimate goal of the Mystic-Wide Cleanup is to increase public knowledge of and appreciation for Long Island Sound and its natural resources and to engage members of the public as partners in addressing threats to the health of this critical ecosystem.
“We hope the public will become closer with our local environment, teaching meaningful methods to continue their own conservation efforts and educating them on how these actions make a real difference,” said MaryEllen Mateleska, Director of Education & Conservation Programs for Mystic Aquarium and organizer of the Mystic-Wide Cleanup.
Staff and volunteers from Mystic Aquarium will set out to clean portions of Coogan Blvd. and River Rd. in downtown Mystic throughout the day. Mystic Seaport and their volunteers will work along Route 27 near their facility. The team from the Denison Pequotsepos/Coogan Farm will also help clean Route 27. Members of the Denison Pequotsepos Nature Center will embark on Jerry Browne Road and work their way down Coogan Blvd. as well. Students, faculty and volunteers from Stonington High School will join the effort to clean their coastal recreational area on Stonington Road.
Volunteers are encouraged to share their experience during the Mystic-Wide Cleanup by posting on social media channels using #CleanupMystic.
On Saturday, Mystic Aquarium will also feature an onsite Long Island Sound Day celebration; providing hands-on activities for families, bringing together local environmental organizations, and creating opportunities for direct public participation in the conservation and preservation of the Long Island Sound.
This program helps set the stage for long-term environmental engagement. Whether it is a change in personal day-to-day behavior, becoming an active advocate for policies protecting Long Island Sound, or active participation in ‘on-the-ground’ environmental behavior directly in the Sound’s habitats, participants will be introduced to a host of attainable stewardship actions.