So this same cleanup took place last year and yet this much garbage was found, again??? That's discouraging.
Virginia Martin--This was the fourth year for the Riverkeeper Sweep, but it was, if I'm not mistaken, the first year Middle Ground Flats was one of the sites.
Good. Subsequent loads, then, should be much lighter … so wonderful that Middle Ground Flats got the treatment!
That said, the annual deposit of jetsam is fairly staggering. Naturally there's a cumulative effect the further downriver you go.
You would need a barge to get all the garbage off that island. Decayed buildings, beds, toilets, appliances, furniture, etc etc .
i think it important to keep in mind that if it floats the odds are very good that the river itself delivered the mess. at high tide with a big ship going past i've seen motorboats tossed fifty feet ashore on that island, winter ice floes deliver another load of goodies. tires float up, they're not brought. i'm not saying humanity hasn't done it's part over fifty years and i applaud the clean-up effort but understand that people are not "dumping" out there. the next move in these situations will be the banning of picnics and campers who are not to blame for the actions of mother nature, the Hudson River has a lot of junk in it period.