Earlier this month, the Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s Florida Park Service partnered with 4ocean for a coastal cleanup event at Bahia Honda State Park. Nearly 500 volunteers participated, resulting in a significant amount of debris removal from park waterways and shorelines.
Coastal cleanups aim to reduce plastic pollution and improve Florida’s water quality. In addition to the cleanup, local organizations including the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Coral Restoration Foundation, Reef Relief, and others educated volunteers and visitors on ocean conservation and impacts of marine debris.
“It was a great opportunity to be a part of the cleanup event at Bahia Honda State Park this weekend,” said DEP Secretary Noah Valenstein. “Marine debris plagues our waterways, and the department’s partnership with 4ocean is an excellent example of how we can come together and improve water quality for the benefit of Florida’s environment.”
For more information on the effort, click here.
In related news, Valentstein will speak about nutrient management in Florida at the ECOS Spring Meeting.