HIGHLANDS, NJ - The Borough of Highlands will be conducting an official clean ocean action beach sweep on Saturday April 30, 2011 in observance of Earth Day. The sweep will begin at 9am at the Snug Harbor Beach, located behind the Robert D Wilson Community Center.

In 1985, COA launched the region’s first Beach Sweeps program to rid beaches of unsightly and harmful debris.  COA's Beach Sweeps is one of the longest running cleanups of its kind in the world.  The program has grown from 75 people at one site in 1985, to 5,163 volunteers at 115 sites in 2008.  Volunteers gather from Raritan to Delaware Bays and along the ocean to clean beaches and waterways, as well as underwater sites.  They join as groups (community, school, business, and organization), families, or individuals.  Participants collect and record valuable data about debris, which is presented in annual reports and used to advance federal, state, and local programs to reduce litter. For more information regarding this program please go to http://www.cleanoceanaction.org/index.php?id=aboutbeachsweeps