|They're never too young to learn the importance of keeping the coastline clean|
|Doug just moved here from Kentucky, with his family, and was anxious to be a part of keeping the islands clean|
|This group of volunteers made Little St. George, a little cleaner|
Pieces of plastic, and styrofoam, are usual items on the shore. But, the biggest enemy, by far, is still the plastic bottle. In all, we collected well over 300 of them! Most of them were water, juice, and soda bottles. But, include bleach, oil, and even shampoo bottles, and the numbers are mind boggling.
It gives you a good feeling to accomplish something like this, and feel like you've made a difference. But it's sad to think, only a small dent was made, and there'll be plenty more to pick up tomorrow. Unfortunately, when you live on an island, trash washing up on the shores, is a never ending battle.
People need to understand, the smallest piece of trash that's thrown out on an island, or left on the beach, (cigarette butts are the worst of the small trash!) will eventually end up in the water. Whether the wind blows it, or the storms, hurricanes, surges, and high tides, carry it, it will always find a way. Not only does it mess up the eco system, but it can be deadly to the creatures in the gulf, and the bay, that have made it their home.
I'm proud to be a part of this yearly effort, and hopefully, it brings awareness to the people that visit, and they'll make that daily effort, to pick up a piece of trash if they see it. The beauty of St. George Island, and the health of Apalachicola Bay, is in our hands.