The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries in partnership with Barataria-Terrebonne National Estuary Program, Nicholls State University and the Grand Isle Music Fest are asking for volunteers for their upcoming beach cleanup at Elmer’s Island on Saturday, September 21, 2019. The event, beginning at 10 a.m. until 1 p.m., is being held in coordination with the Ocean Conservancy’s International Coastal Cleanup Day during National Estuaries Week.
During the cleanup, volunteers will remove, categorize and weigh trash and debris from approximately 2.5 miles of shoreline on Elmer’s Island. Elmer’s Island, owned and maintained by the state of Louisiana, is a 1,145-acre tract of marsh and beachfront located on the southwestern tip of Jefferson Parish, directly across Caminada Pass from Grand Isle. The area is historically known for its excellent fishing opportunities and public beach access that families and anglers alike enjoy.
All data collected will be sent to the Ocean Conservancy to be included in the 2019 International Coastal Cleanup database and report to be released in 2020. The data will provide insight into ways to reduce the enormous and continually growing problem of shoreline pollution and plastics in our waterways.
Volunteers must provide their own transportation to the event site, and motorists should be advised if using LA Hwy. 1 south they will encounter a toll bridge ($3.75 for average vehicle) during the commute.
Data sheets and clipboards, garbarge bags (if needed) and a light lunch will be provided. Water will also be supplied, but participants are asked to bring refillable water bottles to reduce trash. Participants are encouraged to wear closed toe shoes, sunscreen, sunglasses and hat. To reduce additional waste, volunteers are also urged to bring their own container or bucket to collect debris.
Interested volunteers are asked to pre-register online. The deadline to register is Monday, September 16, 2019. Volunteers under 18 must be accompanied by a guardian and have a signed waiver (available day of event).