The shores of North Carolina beaches and islands will be much cleaner this summer all thanks to the North Carolina Coastal Federation, who spends their time picking up other’s trash.
About 1000 pounds of trash, including a kitchen sink, was picked up off Jones Island about a mile from Swansboro in the White Oak River.
Lauren Frederick, an intern for the Coastal Advocacy program, said, “We think about how we can use this land, rather than what it’s doing for us.”
The group’s mission is to preserve the beauty of the North Carolina coast, as well as protecting marine life in the area. The federation will be focusing on coastal cleanups all summer throughout the state.
Even in the hot and humid temperatures that have hit the state, dozens of volunteers still came out to get their hands dirty in order to make a cleaner North Carolina.
“It’s one of these things that everyone sees and says something should be done about it,” said Coastal Specialist Sam Bland for the North Carolina Coastal Federation.
“We are the ones out here doing something about it.”
Adults weren’t the only ones lending a helping hand. One young girl said she came to help because she is concerned about the wildlife.
“I love animals and I like how they are very interesting,” said Andrea Buddy, an 8-year-old volunteer.
Debris, glass, plastic, aluminium, a car battery, and even a kitchen sink were found along the island.
But Frederick said that won’t stop her from keeping the waters clean.
“The hope isn’t lost, completely lost, and that we have a chance. And if we can just get people to stand behind us and with us..we can make an impact.”
The North Carolina Coastal Federation will continue to host cleanups like this throughout the summer in Onslow and Carteret County.