Cleaning  Up After The 4th of July

by Natassia Balek


With the 4th of July having just passed and the memory of fireworks still fresh in our mind, we often forget about the kind of pollution these brilliant displays can cause. It is common to find the remnants of these patriotic pyrotechnics on our beaches where people set them off, and Beekman Beach, next to The Waterfront Center, is no exception. When walking along our beaches, we find a variety of litter left behind including hand-held sparklers, firework boxes and wrappers, as well as parts of the fireworks themselves. Particles are often found drifting in the water which can eventually end up on the beaches or continue to pollute the water. However, thanks to initiatives like the Rozalia Project, anyone can get involved in picking up our prettiest pollutants.

 The Rozalia Project’s goal is to help clean up marine debris as well as collect data on the quantity and types of garbage we find on our beaches. While cleaning the beach, people can record their findings on data sheets or on Rozalia's Marine Debris Tracker App. This allows the people working for the Rozalia Project to compile and analyze data from beaches globally for "the goal of clean, protected, and thriving marine ecosystems". It is important to keep our oceans and beaches clean, not only for our enjoyment, but for the health of our oceans.

By understanding how we pollute our oceans and bays, we can work towards a solution to lower, and hopefully stop the marine debris from entering our waters. So, the next time you light off a firework, please consider the impact you can have by becoming a part of a project like Rozalia to help keep our beaches clean and stop the continual pollution of the areas we love.