The Beach belongs to everyone

We want Long Island to be a place where this, and the next generation can surf, windsurf, sail, swim, sunbathe, fish, kayak or just soak in Long Island's Natural Beauty.

Long Island is losing its waterfront and wet lands to private homes at an alarming pace. Beach Access is disappearing right along with it. In addition, many NYS laws concerning Beach Access are archaic at best.

It is not LIBAG's intent to take away any existing rights of NYS Beach users. Only to add to them.

We are fortunate, to be working with the Long Island Regional State Parks Commission towards solutions that would allow all beach user groups equal access to all NYS Parks Beaches, with out excluding or taking away any access rights from any user groups.

The Long Island Beach Access Group is most commonly known for its four core programs;

1- The Beach Access program whose research and advocacy programs support the maintenance and expansion of access to those remote beach locations on Long Island for all users.

2- Also, our Beach Preservation program works to sponsor, participate and encourage those activities that ensure the healthy maintenance of our beaches and barrier islands, such as beach grass plantings.

3- Our Beach Clean-up program works to sponsor, participate and encourage continual beach clean-ups in conjunction with the America Littoral Society. This includes the adoption of Gilgo Beach.

4- But also, Long Island Beach Access Group is known for our Beach Actions program which seeks to encourage and reward proper behavior when enjoying the beaches. This includes following the official rules and regulations of each of the beaches and areas that provide access to those beaches, promoting the “Carry in, Carry out more” philosophy, and in a more informal fashion, instructing people on safe enjoyment of our natural resources.

Remember: it is not LIBAG's intent to take away any existing rights of NYS Beach users. Only to add to them.

LIBAG is honored to work with New York State Park officials, as we continue to connect the Parks to the People.

We look forward to our continued work with New York State officials in order to implement solutions that encourage more diverse use of NYS’s Beaches.

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Wednesday, February 1, 2012

2011 New York State Beach Cleanup results

LIBAG  works with environmental groups, as well as the State of New York Office of Parks and Recreation. In 2011 we were proud to work with Surfrider,Save The Beach dot Org, Senator Owen Johnson’s annual clean up at Robert Moses State Park field 2, Gilgo State Beach, the town of Babylon's Gilgo Beach,  and our annual cleanup with the American Littoral Society. This year it was held at Robert Moses field 5.

Thank you to all who participated.

This is 2011's tally of trash.

From: alsbeach <>
Subject: 2011 NYS Beach Cleanup Results / NJCCC 4th Annual Environmental Student Exchange
Date: Wednesday, January 25, 2012, 12:42 PM

Dear Beach Captains,
I would like to thank each and every one who participated in the 2011 New York State Beach Cleanup for making my first year as New York State Beach Cleanup Coordinator such a success. It was a pleasure speaking and meeting with you all and I look forward to seeing you all again next year.
For the 2011 New York State Beach Cleanup there were 6,368 volunteers that cleaned 260+ miles of shoreline, removing 93,644 lbs. of debris. In the tally of items collected from the 24 New York counties participating in the 2011 New York State Beach Cleanup, this year’s “Dirty Dozen” is listed below.
Total Items
Total Percentage
Caps, Lids
Food Wrappers/Containers
Cigarettes/Cigarette Filters
Straws, Stirrers
Beverage Bottles (plastic) 2 liters or less
Cups, Plates, Forks, Knives, Spoons
Beverage Cans
Glass Beverage Bottles
Cigar Tips
This year we have listed the results for each site on our website in the form of a table which can be sorted by: Cleanup Date, Zone Name (county), Site Name, People, Debris (lbs), Distance (mi) or Bags Filled. Simply click the heading of the column to sort this year’s results. Visit our website ( and click Beach Cleanup News. Follow the Beach Cleanup Results link.
Another new feature on our website is the 2011 New York County Map which depicts the ratio of sites registered to sites that submitted their results, by county. To view the map, visit, click Beach Cleanup News, and scroll to the bottom of the page.
On a related note, the American Littoral Society is working with The NJ Clean Communities Council (NJCCC) to expand our coastal conservation efforts. This March, the NJCCC will host the Fourth Annual Clean Communities Environmental Student Exchange on March 22, 2012 in Palisades Park and a follow-up conference at the Teaneck Marriot in Glenpointe, New Jersey. The purpose of the event is to bring students together to work on an environmental project and discuss issues related to litter and the handling of waste.
To increase the impact of this annual event, the American Littoral Society is supporting the efforts by recruiting students from New York City to host a cleanup and data collection on the New York side of the Hudson River. After the cleanup, participating volunteers are invited to join the New Jersey volunteers for lunch and a roundtable discussion. NJCCC expects approximately 500 students from New Jersey to participate. In addition, students from Puerto Rico city schools have been invited to host a similar collaborative cleanup and data collection. All resulting data will be reported to the Ocean Conservancy
Attached, please find a flyer and an agenda. If you are interested in participating or recruiting volunteers, please contact Natalie Grant, Beach Cleanup Coordinator, at 718-474-2643 or by email at You can also find more information about clean communities at
Natalie Grant
American Littoral Society
New York State Beach Cleanup Coordinator
26 A West 9th Road
Broad Channel, NY  11693
Tel/Fax:  718-474-2643