FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – The Marine Industries Association of South Florida thanked the more than 3,000 volunteers who came out in boats and on shore-side Saturday to participate in the 30th Anniversary Waterway Cleanup, MIASF said in a press release Saturday. Broward County residents of all ages, along with some of their neighbors and friends from Miami-Dade and Palm Beach counties, removed an estimated 67 tons of trash and debris from the waterways, rivers, canals and shorelines.
“It was a great day for the marine environment and for Broward County,” said Marilyn Mammano, Waterway Cleanup Planning Committee chairwoman. “Our volunteers really came out to celebrate our 30th Anniversary. To see so many people come together as a community to help clean up, rejuvenate their neighborhoods and waterway makes all we do worth every moment.”
“We promote the theme Our Waterways, Our Future, Our Responsibility and through this environmental initiative we not only clean our waterways, but also educate thousands of people about environmental responsibility and stewardship,” said Gordon Connel, MIASF director of association services.
Florida State Representative Jack Seiler participated in the cleanup and commended and reiterated his support for the event and the many people who give of their time to help make a difference in the community and environment.
Waterway Cleanup has been recognized as Broward County’s largest environmental cleanup effort and annually draws broad-based business and community support and participation.
“Over the past thirty years, close to 50,000 volunteers have worked to remove an estimated total of nearly 1,700 tons of trash; that’s 3,400,000 pounds of garbage and debris from the county’s waterways,” said Frank Herhold, MIASF executive director.
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