DEP is hosting its second annual Bluebelt
appreciation day for all volunteers participating in the
Staten Island Adopt-a-Bluebelt Program. In addition
to ceremonial thanks, volunteers will be given personal protection
equipment, training classes to demonstrate proper and safe
use of garden equipment and safety manuals. DEP will
also present wood chips, compost and plants and shrubs to
the Bluebelt volunteers.
The Adopt-a-Bluebelt program plays a vital
role in support of DEP’s Bluebelt storm water management
program, which uses the Island’s natural areas to
control storm water discharges. This includes streams,
ponds and wetlands and avoids the need to construct expensive
City storm sewers.
The Adopt-a-Bluebelt Program offers groups,
companies and individuals an opportunity to act as sponsors
and caretakers of Bluebelt locations. Volunteers spend
many hours performing tasks such as removing debris, planting
trees and shrubs, mowing and spreading wood chips. They
also act as liaison to DEP to inform the Bluebelt staff of
any problems or conditions that may be harmful to the Program.
Staten Island’ volunteers include, in
addition to individual volunteers, groups such as the Ancient
Order of Hibernians, Boy Scouts of America, Coalition for
the South Beach Pond Park Preserve, Compassionate Friends
of Staten Island, Friends of Jacks Pond, Friends of Porzios
Pond, Friends of Wood Duck Pond, Pleasant Plains/ Princess
Bay/Richmond Valley Civic Association, South Shore Kiwanis
Club Club, South Shore Lions Club, South Shore Rotary Club,
Staten Island Taxpayers Association, inc., St. Clares Parochial
School, The Great Kills Masonic Lodge and the Luke M. Parlatore
DEP is grateful for the strong commitment and
interest that Staten Islanders have exhibited in support
of this project. This event is one way the DEP can
give a round of applause to our Adopt-a-Bluebelt partners.
Refreshments will be served.