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Cedar Key readies for coastal cleanup

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By The Staff

As summer comes to an end, residents of Cedar Key, along with volunteers around the world, are preparing for the world's largest annual cleanup of beaches and waterways – the International Coastal Cleanup, coordinated by The Ocean Conservancy.

On Saturday, Sept. 19 an estimated one million volunteers will comb beaches, lake shores, river banks, and even underwater sites in at least 74 countries and 54 U.S. states and territories.

“People collect trash – from anywhere water meets land – and they bring it to the collection point,” said Cedar Key Mayor Sue Colson. “Our collection point is the Cedar Key Marina.”

The objective will be to remove and catalog millions of pounds and pieces of debris discarded in the world's waterways and present hard data on pollution sources worldwide.

The Ocean Conservancy produces and distributes data cards and data guides to be used by all Cleanup volunteers.

After the Cleanup, The Ocean Conservancy compiles the information and reports results that are used by policy makers and environmental groups.

Those interested in joining this year's ICC in Cedar Key should contact Sue Colson at (352) 543-6648, or The Ocean Conservancy at (800) 262-FLOR.

Anyone can volunteer.

Simply go to the Cedar Key Marina to sign-in and pick-up the supplied trash bags.

Clean up is from 8 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Sept. 19.