As Earth Day Nears, Twin Lakes Preserve Flounders
Three weeks until the 40th anniversary of Earth Day, and my local park lies beneath a layer of garbage. I wrote to the Town Supervisor Kate Murray and her staff advised me to contact the County. I called their office but was transferred twice, put on hold indefinitely, made to endure dead air, shuffling papers, crickets... Eventually, they told me I should call the Town. When I explained that I already had, they took my name and number and said someone would call me back. I'm still waiting. Is this starting to sound like a run-around to anyone else?
Whose lake is this anyway? The town doesn't seem to want it, nor does the County. I guess it belongs to each of us; the community. I'm more than willing to help clean it up, but will require some basic supplies and support.
Since phone calls and emails proved to be inneffective methods of communication, I'm hoping this blog post and these disturbing photos will inspire our elected officials to act on behalf of our planet.
Perhaps it would be beneficial if they heard from more of us. Kate Murray even has her own helpline.
Twin Lakes Preserve, Wantagh, New York
A discarded milk container lies amongst scattered debris at Twin Lakes, March 31, 2010.
An assortment of trash at Twin Lakes Preserve, March 31, 2010.
A deceased Great Blue Heron found at Twin Lakes Preserve on March 31, 2010. The cause of death is unknown.
Glass can take thousands of years to break down.
This plastic water bottle will take approximately 450-500 years to decompose.
More trash at Twin Lakes Preserve in Wantagh.
Aluminum cans are estimated to take at least 500 years to decompose.
These weathered plastic bottles appear to have been resting at Twin Lakes for several years.
At a minumum, styrofoam will take 1000 years to decompose, yet some reports claim that it may never break down.
More styrofoam at Twin Lakes Preserve in Wantagh, March 31, 2010.
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