FREEPORT, N.Y. – Last month, members of the Queens College men's and women's swimming and diving teams assisted Operation SPLASH in their beach cleanup along Long Island's South Shore.
The Knights collected garbage along the beaches and hopped on SPLASH boats to clean up the bays and waterways, disposing trash and debris to reduce the pollution along the waterfront.
Since being founded in 1990, Operation SPLASH has grown from one caring person to several thousand concerned members in seven chapters dotted all along Long Island's South Shore. The six SPLASH boats run from March through November and are operated by volunteer captains and crewmembers.
SPLASH boats patrol the South Shore's local waterways. Over the past three decades, the organization's volunteers have rescued more than 2 million pounds of trash, marine debris and navigational hazards from these bays, beaches and waterways. Most of what is pulled from the water comes from the surrounding land — through storm drains and from storms blowing debris into the water.