Broward County Waterway Cleanup
Date(s) - Mar 5, 2016
39th annual Waterway Cleanup, on March 5 in Ft. Lauderdale area. Organized and sponsored by MIASF it is Broward county’s largest environmental event with more than 2,000 volunteers and 70 boats gathering debris from the waterways, rivers and canals.
The five deadliest types of ocean trash to marine wildlife are plastic bags and utensils, balloons, fishing line, cigarette butts and bottle caps, and volunteers at this year’s Broward County Waterway Cleanup are challenged with finding as many of those items as possible.
The Marine Industries Association of South Florida and the Marine Industry Cares Foundation are partnering again on the cleanup, which is now in its 39th year and bigger than ever, with 35 sites throughout the county.
The county’s largest and longest-running environmental event will take place on March 5 from 9 a.m.–1 p.m.Volunteers are encouraged to preregister and can participate by land, boat, kayak, paddleboard or method of their choice. After the event, there will be a celebration open to volunteers known as the Trash Bash at Briny Irish Pub in Fort Lauderdale featuring food, beverages, live music and raffle prizes.
“The area’s waterways play an important role in our quality of life, and we want them to be clean so everyone in both our community as a whole and the marine industry can enjoy them,” said MIASF Executive Director Phil Purcell.
The event is presented by the Florida Inland Navigation District, and partners include the Broward County Environmental Protection & Growth Management Department and the North Springs Improvement District. A complete list of sites and registration information is available at www.waterwaycleanup.org. There are also scholarships available to middle- and high-school students, community service hours and patches for Scouts who participate.
Last year, almost 2,000 volunteers of all ages pitched in from designated sites to remove 17 tons of trash and debris from county waterways, rivers and canals.
MIASF was created in 1961 to focus on the sound growth of the marine industry in the region. Today, the association continues to promote and protect the $11.5 billion industry in South Florida. For more information, call 954-524-2733.