The Queens College women's swimming and diving team traveled to Wantagh, Long Island to team up with the organization SPLASH (Stop Polluting Littering and Save Harbors) on Monday, October 3rd to help clean up the beaches of the South Shore.
Over the past three decades, SPLASH volunteers have rescued more than 2,000,000 pounds of trash, marine debris and navigational hazards from our bays, beaches, and waterways. Most of the items pulled from the water come from the land around the beaches.
The team picked up nearly 50 pounds of garbage on the beaches in Wantagh.
Sophomore Lizzie Hodges said, "There is an estimated 570,000 tons of trash in our ocean, and we only cleaned up 50 pounds! If we keep littering at this rate, we will be vacationing on landfills and not the beaches."
Freshman Jessica Morales echoed her teammate's sentiments. "I don't want to create a world where our environment is not protected. The key to a clean environment is in our hands!"
As a coach who is trying to educate her team outside the pool, head coach Alicia Lampasso-Dillon found that this was a great visual lesson for her squad.
In the words of freshman Amanda Giordana, "Don't splash your trash!"