Senator Owen H. Johnson's Annual Beach Cleanup Day at Robert Moses State Park on September 20, 2009 was a huge success! Over 480 volunteers removed 1700 pounds of debris from the shoreline.
The data collected at the Beach Cleanup was compiled by the American Littoral Society and sent to the Ocean Conservancy in Washington D.C. where it was analyzed and compared with data from around the world. The information is ultimately used to develop national and international programs to control debris.
Thank you to all who made Beach Cleanup 2010 a wonderful success! This year over 400 volunteers collected 1600 pounds of debris from the Robert Moses State Park beaches.
The lessons we hope our young volunteers learn through their participation in Beach Cleanup is the vital importance of keeping our oceans and beaches clean and the value of volunteering for the greater good. We also help to provide collection data for the American Littoral Society and the State Department of Environmental Conservation so that those agencies can evaluate the effectiveness of existing laws and programs to prevent ocean pollution.
Over 125 volunteers donated their time and effort at an Arbor Day Recognition Project to care for the trees on the grounds of the Planting Fields Arboretum State Historic Park in Oyster Bay on Saturday, March 26, 2011. Members of the Long Island Aboricultural Association (LIAA) spent the day removing dead and diseased trees and branches, and pruning healthy trees at the Planting Fields Arboretum as part of their ongoing effort to care for and preserve Long Island’s trees and shrubs. A ceremonial tree planting was part of the day's events.
Over 1 ½ tons of debris was removed from the Robert Moses State Park shoreline by 450 volunteers at Senator Owen H. Johnson’s 25th Anniversary Beach Cleanup on Saturday, September 17, 2011. Volunteers from across Long Island including numerous conservation organizations, sportsmen’s groups, Girl Scout and Boy Scout Troops participated.“Thank you to everyone who came out for our 25th Anniversary Beach Cleanup,” Senator Johnson said. “We had a wonderful response this year. Our volunteers gathered over 3300 pounds of garbage from the beach and helped raise awareness about the harmful effects of littering and dumping on our shores.”
Senator Owen H. Johnson was presented with a Certificate of Appreciation marking the 25th Anniversary of Beach Cleanup on September 17, 2011 at Robert Moses State Park. George Gorman, Deputy Regional Director of the Long Island State Parks, made the presentation on behalf of the American Littoral Society, in recognition of Senator Johnson’s 25 years of dedicated work in organizing annual coastal cleanups on Long Island for International Coastal Cleanup Day.
Senator Owen H. Johnson applauded over 100 volunteers who donated their time and effort at an Arbor Day Recognition Project to care for the trees on the grounds of the Bayard Cutting Arboretum at Great River on March 24, 2012. Members of the Long Island Arboricultural Association, Inc. (LIAA) spent the day removing dead and diseased trees and branches, and pruning healthy trees at the Bayard Cutting Arboretum as part of their ongoing effort to care for and preserve Long Island’s trees and shrubs. A ceremonial tree planting was part of the day's events.
LEGISLATURE PASSES BILL TO PROTECT SEAGRASSJohnson-Sweeney Bill Helps To Address Threats to EcosystemThe New York State Legislature has passed legislation to guard marine habitat and protect the continued viability of commercial and recreational fishing. The legislation, sponsored by Senator Owen Johnson (R-C, Babylon) and Assemblyman Bob Sweeney (D-I-WF, Lindenhurst), establishes the Seagrass Protection Act to address threats to these ecologically important species.