2016-05-04 / Features

Jennifer’s Annual Flushing Bay Shoreline Cleanup

As with each year, the Empire Dragon Boat Team, a group of female cancer survivors, partners with Riverkeeper and the NYC Parks Department in restoring the shoreline of Flushing Bay. The team invites you to paddle along in a dragon boat, (receive a free T-shirt!), and also learn about the various plants surrounding Flushing Bay and other New York waterways.

This year, Riverkeeper celebrates its 50th Anniversary, while Jennifer’s Annual Flushing Bay Shoreline Cleanup – an initiative created in memory of its co-founder Jennifer Merendino – is in its fifth season. Flushing Bay is one of the many project sites served by Riverkeeper Sweep, a string of service days in which over 2,000 volunteers and a variety of community partners work together to plant trees and grass, and remove debris throughout New York City and the Hudson River Valley. Additional Queens project sites include Astoria Park Shoreline Cleanup by Land, Powell’s Cove Park Coastal Wetlands Cleanup, Newtown Creek Shoreline Cleanup by Canoe, Newtown Creek Shoreline Cleanup by Land, and Gantry Plaza State Park & Anable Basin Shoreline Cleanup.

This year’s Flushing Bay Cleanup is May 7, from 11 am to 3 pm at World’s Fair Marina Pier 1. For more information, visit empiredragonboat.com, or to register as a volunteer online, send an email to empiregreenteam@gmail.com. Be sure not to wear open-toe shoes, sandals or flip-flops. Additionally, if you are interested in joining the Empire Dragon Boat team, send an email to empiredragonsinfo@gmail.com or call 646-926-0847.

—Anaé Petito

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