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Voluntourism Spotlight: Clean Up Staten Island’s Bluebelt

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This week’s voluntourism spotlight focuses on Staten Island, one of the areas hardest hit by Hurricane Sandy.  Volunteers are still needed to help at The Staten Island Bluebelt, an award-winning water management system whose waterways are clogged with debris. Join in with the clean up and be sure and check back every Wednesday for more voluntourism opportunities and tune into Peter Greenberg Worldwide radio on Saturday for more information.

The Staten Island Bluebelt is an award-winning stormwater management system for approximately one-third of Staten Island’s land area. Unfortunately, these vital wetlands were heavily littered with debris in the wake of Hurricane Sandy, and they need your help in restoring them to their natural beauty.

The New York City Department of Environmental Protection is organizing Bluebelt volunteer cleanup events on Staten Island in the Midland Beach area. The volunteer dates are:

  • Saturday, February 23 from 9:30am – 1:00pm
  • Saturday, March 16 from 9:30am – 1:00pm
  • Saturday, March 30 from 9:30am – 1:00pm

To participate, email your RSVP to with your preferred date(s). You will receive a confirmation email with complete event details.

By Braden Holly for