Lido Beach, NY – The weather may be chilly, but conservationists from far and wide were hot on clearing Hempstead Town’s South Shore beaches of garbage and other debris in celebration of International Coastal Cleanup Day. Hempstead Town Supervisor Don Clavin and the members of the Town Board partnered with the Fabien Cousteau Ocean Learning Center to host a beach cleanup event as part of the worldwide movement to safeguard coastal environs on Saturday, September 17th. Also lending their support were: All Our Energy, Atlantic Marine Conservation Society, Stewards of the Sea, and Surfrider. As part of the township-sponsored event, hundreds of volunteers trekked down to the beach to do their part in preserving the coastal landscapes that are so often the backdrop of life in seaside communities such as the Town of Hempstead. The assembled volunteers collected 179 pounds of rubbish and returned the beach to its pristine, natural state. Supervisor Clavin sponsored this event alongside Deputy Supervisor Dorothy Goosby, Councilman Anthony D’Esposito, Councilman Dennis Dunne, Sr., Councilman Thomas Muscarella, Councilman Christopher Carini, Councilwoman Melissa Miller, Town Clerk Kate Murray, and Receiver of Taxes Jeanine Driscoll.
“The Town of Hempstead is committed to safeguarding our miles of coastline, and we will continue working to ensure future generations are able to enjoy nature’s beauty here along our South Shore,” said Clavin. “I am proud of the partnerships the township has forged with conservationist organizations such as the Fabien Cousteau Ocean Learning Center, and I look forward to building on these pro-environment ventures in the years ahead.”
The Fabien Cousteau Ocean Learning Center was founded in 2016 by Fabien Cousteau, the grandson of famed oceanographer and explorer Jacques-Yves Cousteau. The work of the organization elicits fond memories of the renowned Calypso and Alcyone exploring ships captained by the elder Cousteau and empowers a new generation of conservationists with the tools necessary to affect positive change in their local communities.
In recent years, the Town of Hempstead has renewed its pledge for environmental conservation via an increased focus on preserving the township’s local habitats and nature spaces. The township’s “Commitment 2 Conservation” initiative has been pioneered by the Clavin Administration and includes increased coastal cleanup events, a planned transition to a clean energy municipal vehicle fleet by the next decade, and forward-thinking projects in the renewable home heating space via clean hydrogen partnerships with energy providers, and many more exciting programs. Indeed, the Town of Hempstead has been recognized for these trailblazing efforts, receiving accolades such as the admittance of the Lido Passive Nature Area to the New York State Birding Trail, receiving the prestigious “Share the Shore Award” from the Audubon Society, and the recent agreement by the Town of Hempstead to engage in the “Monarch Pledge” to protect native butterflies – all examples of the collective township effort to protect Long Island’s natural life.
“The Town of Hempstead will never shy away from our commitment to conservation, and we will seek partners from all corners of society in realizing our dream of being an ever more clean, green locality,” said Clavin.
Members of the public interested in learning more about environmental conservation efforts being undertaken by the Town of Hempstead, or who are seeking to get involved in volunteer programs may visit the Department of Conservation & Waterways webpage at: https://hempsteadny.gov/159/Conservation-Waterways