Beach sweep for Elmer's Island this month

Beach sweep for Elmer's Island this month

POSTED: Sunday, May 6, 2012 - 2:00pm

UPDATED: Sunday, May 6, 2012 - 2:04pm

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries in conjunction with Barataria-Terrebonne National Estuary Program is calling for volunteers for their annual Elmer’s Island Beach Sweep on Saturday, May 12. Enjoy a morning on the beach and in the dunes while cleaning up Elmer’s Island from 8 a.m. to noon.

Elmer’s Island Refuge is a barrier island located in Jefferson Parish southwest of Grand Isle, bordered by LA 1 and the Gulf of Mexico. The island is well known for excellent fishing opportunities. It also provides non-consumptive outdoor opportunities to observe wading, shore and seabirds as well as coastal marine life.

The annual beach sweep is made possible by numerous partnerships including the Louisiana Wildlife Federation and The Nature Conservancy and through the sponsorship of Barefoot Wines.

Anyone can participate – individuals, families, schools, youth groups, civic and conservation clubs or businesses. Lunch and all necessary supplies will be provided.

Trash is often dumped directly into the Gulf of Mexico by careless recreational and commercial boaters, and is also left on site by beach-goers. This is the third annual event to rid the beach of this unsightly and harmful debris.

Pre-registration is encouraged, but not required. To register, contact Joe Dantin at (985) 449-4715.

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