As the 90-day mark approaches since Super Typhoon Yutu struck Saipan and Tinian, Micronesia Islands Nature Alliance would like to recognize all of the dedication and hard work that has gone into the cleanup efforts by the hundreds of volunteers, federal agencies, and non-profit organizations whose members have stepped up as first responders and beyond in assuring that the CNMI’s environment returns to a clean and healthy state.
MINA’s collection efforts of marine debris in the first four weeks after the storm measured a total of 228 cubic yards of tin that was removed from the lagoon and hauled to the transfer station. This work was done in tandem with the Bureau of Environmental and Coastal Quality as well as with the private sector.
John Stewart, owner of Skydive Saipan LLC, was one of the most active respondents to MINA’s call for volunteers, and a special thanks goes out to his crew for their hard work and efforts in MINA’s clean-up of the western shoreline, particularly in the San Antonio area.
MINA would like to remind the community to report sightings of tin or other marine debris in the lagoon or near shore by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org, or by calling 233-7333, and to visit their Facebook page at Micronesia Islands Nature Alliance for images and more information about MINA’s programs. (PR)