Sept. 11, 2015 – Students in Riverview High School’s Marine Club will use
kayaks to clean up Phillippi Creek in observance of the 30th annual
International Coastal Cleanup Day, Saturday, Sept. 19.
the overall local effort, a group of kayakers and stand-up paddleboarders will
clean trash from the county’s shores and waterways from their vessels. In
addition, a special partnership between a group of homeowners from the South
Gate neighborhood, students from Riverview High School, members of SUP Sarasota
and Sarasota Bay Watch and Sarasota County staff will work out of kayaks and
canoes to clean up Phillippi Creek.
30 students and adult sponsors of the clubs are scheduled to launch kayaks at 9
a.m. from the South Gate Community Center. They will spend three hours cleaning
up the creek, returning to the dock about noon.
clubs have traditionally participated in the Coastal Cleanup at local beaches,
but last year we decided to use kayaks and it was a big success!” said Katrin
Rudge, director of Riverview’s Aquascience Program and the Sarasota County
School District’s 2013-14 Teacher of the Year. “Phillippi Creek is beautiful,
yet environmentally challenged because of its popularity. It connects over 100
miles of canals that flow through a large mid-section of Sarasota. The creek is
near and dear to us at Riverview because it’s in our backyard. We’re happy to
help our neighbors clean up this local gem.”
Suncoast Waterkeeper is a non-profit organization dedicated to
the protection and restoration of local waterways. SUP Sarasota, which rents
stand-up paddleboards and kayaks and schedules tours and lessons, will provide
students with the use of its new fleet of tandem and single sit-in kayaks.
High School is located at One Ram Way, off Proctor Road east of U.S. 41.
International Coastal Cleanup
Sponsored by the Ocean Conservancy, a
not-for-profit organization dedicated to keeping the world’s oceans clean and
healthy, the International Coastal Cleanup has enlisted millions of volunteers,
organizations and businesses around the world in the past three decades. During
each Cleanup, volunteers remove trash and record data about what is collected.
Since its inception the initiative has engaged more
than 10.5 million volunteers along 350,000 miles of shoreline to remove more
than 192 million pounds of trash in all 50 states and 153 countries.
The items collected most frequently included cigarette
butts, candy and chip wrappers and bags, plastic beverage bottles and caps, and
other food and beverage packaging. Unusual items found in 2014 include 26
barbecue grills, eight bowling balls, five rubber ducks, a plastic dinosaur and
$1,680 in cash. Animals found entangled by items such as packaging and balloons
include 440 fish, 57 marine mammals, 46 sea turtles and 22 sharks, skates or