Save the Sound Celebrates 10 Years of Being Connecticut’s International Coastal Cleanup Coordinator

Next Saturday, September 15, Save the Sound will celebrate our 10th year as the Connecticut coordinator of the Ocean Conservancy’s International Coastal Cleanup.

In its 27th year, International Coastal Cleanup brings volunteers together all around the world to clean up our coastlines. Last year alone, ICC brought together almost 600,000 volunteers who cleaned up 9,184,428 pounds of trash from 20,776 miles of coastline across the world.

Top 10 items found on beaches during last year’s International Coastal Cleanup
Graphic: Ocean Conservancy

In Connecticut last year, we brought together 2,655 volunteers for International Coastal Cleanup and our Coastal Cleanup program. These volunteers removed 29,210 pounds of trash from 54 miles of Connecticut beaches and riverfront.

Volunteers at Long Wharf Nature Preserve in New Haven during last year’s International Coastal Cleanup

Below is a list of the cleanups that are scheduled so far for this year.

Saturday, September 15, 2012- International Coastal Cleanup

8:00 A.M. – 2:00 P.M.: Weed & Pear Tree Beaches, Darien

8:30 A.M. – 10:00 A.M.: Long Beach, Stratford

9:00 A.M. – 11:00 A.M.: Clinton Town Beach, Clinton

9:00 A.M. – 11:00 A.M.: Cummings Beach, Stamford

9:00 A.M. – 12:00 P.M.: Farm River Estuary (Watercraft Cleanup), Branford/East Haven

9:00 A.M. – 12:00 P.M.: Hammonasset State Park Beach, Madison

9:00 A.M. – 12:00 P.M.: Silver Sands State Park, Milford

9:00 A.M. – 12:00 P.M.:  Lighthouse Point Park, New Haven

9:00 A.M. – 12:00 P.M.: Sandy Point, West Haven

9:00 A.M. – 1:00 P.M.: Seaside Park West End, Bridgeport

9:00 A.M. – 1:00 P.M.: Mitchell Beach, Waterford

9:15 A.M. – 12:00 P.M.: Green Harbor Beach, New London

10:00 A.M. – 11:30 A.M.: Ocean beach Park, New London

10:00 A.M. – 12:00 P.M.: Riverside Park, Thames River, New London

10:00 A.M. – 12:00 P.M.: Hole in the Wall Beach, Niantic

10:00 A.M. – 12:00 P.M.: Goose Island (Watercraft Cleanup), Norwalk

10:00 A.M. – 12:00 P.M.: West Beach, Stamford

10:00 A.M. – 12:00 P.M.: Short Beach Park, Stratford

10:00 A.M. – 12:00 P.M.: Middle Beach, Westbrook

10:00 A.M. – 2:00 P.M.: Grassy Island (Watercraft Cleanup), Norwalk

2:00 P.M. – 4:00 P.M.: Eastern Point Beach, Groton

2:00 P.M. – 4:00 P.M.: Harkness Memorial State Park, Waterford

3:00 P.M. – 5:00 P.M.: Jennings Beach, Fairfield

3:00 P.M. – 5:00 P.M.: Gulf Beach, Milford

3:00 P.M. – 5:00 P.M.: Milford Point, Milford

Sunday, September 16, 2012

9:00 A.M. – 11:00 A.M.: Branford Point, Branford

12:30 P.M. – 4:00 P.M.: Long Wharf Nature Preserve, New Haven

Saturday, September 22, 2012

8:30 A.M. – 10:30 A.M.: Carrington Pond, Beacon Falls

10:00 A.M. – 12:00 P.M.: Madison Surf Club, Madison

10:00 A.M. – 2:00 P.M.: Bluff Point State Park, Groton

1:00 P.M. – 4:00 P.M.: Norwalk River at the Maritime Aquarium, Norwalk

Saturday, September 29, 2012

10:00 A.M. – 12:00 P.M.: Veteran’s Park, Norwalk

10:00 A.M. – 12:00 P.M.: Bocuzzi Park, Stamford

Saturday, October 13, 2012

9:00 A.M. – 1:00 P.M.: Penfield Beach, Fairfield

To get involved in a coastal cleanup or for more information, please contact Kierran Broatch at

Posted by Rebecca Kaplan, director of communications for CFE/Save the Sound

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