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Tilcon NY Partners with Keep Rockland Beautiful to Clean up Haverstraw Bay

Posted Mon, Jul 16th, 2012
Clean up Haverstraw Bay

On June 23rd Tilcon New York employees teamed up with Keep Rockland Beautiful volunteers to cleanup a section of marsh area in Haverstraw Bay on the Hudson River. Haverstraw Bay is adjacent to Tilcon's Haverstraw quarry property. Keep Rockland Beautiful is a non-profit organization whose mission is to promote a cleaner and more beautiful Rockland County, NY. The effort was coordinated by John Van Zetta, Tilcon's Environmental Coordinator. Tilcon volunteers included Niall O'Gara, John VanZetta, Evan Hansen and Vitale Oprisek. Keep Rockland Beautiful's volunteers were Gerry Collins, Eoin O'Gara and Tom Kyle.

The cleanup participants met on the banks of the Hudson on a beautifully clear June Saturday morning. The object of the exercise was to remove a number of truck and car tires that were visible at low tide in Haverstraw Bay. The cleanup start time of 8am was scheduled to coincide with low tide so that participants could have access to the tires.

The cleanup team dug around the half buried tires using shovels and then used drift wood and lots of brute strength to pry each tire from the mud. The task was all the more challenging because of the slowly rising tide and the very heavy mud that had to be removed from inside the tires. By 10:15am the water was at shin height but the very soggy and very dirty participants had managed to free eight large tires and roll them to the river bank. The tires and other light debris were then removed from the bank by one of Tilcon's long reach excavators.

The cleanup effort was a great success and allowed Tilcon to further strengthen its relationship with Keep Rockland Beautiful. After just a few hours of hard, but very rewarding work, the marsh was free of tires and had been returned to its natural beautiful state.

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John VanZetta, Eoin O'Gara and Gerry Collins Hard at Work The Tires Pulled from the Mud


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