You’re listening to Preferred Company with Joel and friends! Today’s guest is Allison Watershed from Clean Ocean Action. Since 1984, New Jersey was known as the ocean dumping capital of the nation. There were 18 ocean dumpsites off the New Jersey/New York coastline and pollution was ruining the state’s beaches. Today, pollution problem remains an ongoing educational challenge. This year is the 36th year of Beach Sweeps, a statewide bi-annual clean up that takes place throughout the state. Volunteers can clean up beaches on October 23rd from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Participants not only remove the unsightly debris from beaches, they also record what they pick up and the data is used to track pollution trends, educate the public and help find solutions to the pollution problem. Find out the additional mission of Clean Ocean Action and Beach Sweeps, what they do with the debris and the strange and bizarre items are found on the beach.