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Making a difference: Councilman Chaim Deutsch, along with the Department of Environmental Protection, cleaned up the trash in Sheepshead Bay on July 10.
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They’re taking out the trash in Sheepshead Bay!

Sheepshead Bay Councilman Chaim Deutsch, along with volunteers and workers from the Department of Environmental Protection, skimmed the bay’s shallow waters to scoop out the refuse that routinely piles up near the edges of the basin on July 10. The quaint fishing village is a beautiful neighborhood to live and raise a family in, but not when there are mounds of trash floating in the water, said the local pol.

“Protecting our environment is a group effort, and I was glad to work with the NYC Department of Environmental Protection and community volunteers to clean up our Bay,” said Deutsch. “We all need to take responsibility for keeping our neighborhood clean by being careful about where we throw our trash and cleaning up after ourselves. We live in a beautiful community, and we deserve to enjoy it!”

Plastic bottles, plastic bags, leftover food, and other garbage often collect near the Holocaust Memorial between Emmons Avenue and Shore Boulevard — and besides it being a major eyesore, if it isn’t cleaned up, it can harm the marine wildlife, and pose potential health risks to people, said a spokesman for the Department of Environmental Protection.

The vessels the environmental agency typically uses for similar clean-up projects are too large to float underneath the Ocean Avenue Pedestrian Footbridge that connects Sheepshead Bay and Manhattan Beach, so instead two teams set out on small boats and used nets to scoop up the filth, said the spokesman.

Reach reporter Julianne Cuba at (718) 260–4577 or by e-mail at jcuba@cnglocal.com. Follow her on Twitter @julcuba.
Posted 12:00 am, July 17, 2017
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