KINGS POINT, N.Y. (May 23, 2019) – In keeping with one of the team's foundational principles of service, members of the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy men's and women's swimming & diving teams recently volunteered their time to clean up a local pond on Long Island. They teamed up with Operation S.P.L.A.S.H., which stands for Stop Polluting, Littering And Save Harbors, to clean Lofts Pond in Baldwin, N.Y.
Rob Weltner, President of S.P.L.A.S.H. stated that the Midshipmen "were exceptional volunteers who performed a step above the rest."
The Mariner swimmers & divers were motivated, enthusiastic and willing to really get down in the muck to help clean up the pond. The team really put in a great effort and received many thanks from the locals in the community, including New York State Assemblywoman Judy Griffin.
All those involved from Kings Point had a good time and are excited to work with this organization again in the future.
To view a photo gallery of the community service event, click here.
More About Operation S.P.L.A.S.H. - https://operationsplash.org/
Operation S.P.L.A.S.H. was founded in 1990 and has grown from one caring person to several thousand concerned members, in seven chapters dotted all along Long Island's South Shore. Six S.P.L.A.S.H. boats run from March through November and are operated by volunteer captains and crew members.
S.P.L.A.S.H. boats patrol local waterways. Over the past three decades, volunteers have rescued more than 2,000,000 pounds of trash, marine debris and navigational hazards from bays, beaches and waterways. Most of what is pull from the water comes from the land around Long Island — through storm drains and from storms blowing debris into the water. S.P.L.A.S.H. has also designed and maintains the award-winning Mill Basin Debris Trap.
Aside from collecting trash, S.P.L.A.S.H. has also made tremendous headway in stemming the awful tide of sewage being dumped in bays, and the toxic pollution entering waters through storm water runoff. S.P.L.A.S.H. crews actively monitor and identify pollutants as well as their sources. To reduce the flow of toxins and trash into bays, S.P.L.A.S.H. has collaborated on the funding and installation of more than 4,000 street storm drain inserts in Nassau County. The reduction in pollution is quite remarkable.
The award-winning S.P.L.A.S.H. education program is teaching thousands of students each year about the importance of our South Shore Bays and the challenges that they face. Students of all ages, from elementary school through college, enjoy the classroom program, the bay tour by boat, the trip down the Nautical Mile, and seeing the saltwater tanks brimming with local marine life.
With the leadership of talented and environmentally-passionate marine tradespeople, educators and business owners, S.P.L.A.S.H. has remained focused on its mission and produced extraordinary results.
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