Description & History

Since the founding of the Northeast Chapter of the American Littoral Society, our mission is to empower people to care for the coast through programs focused on advocacy, education, and conservation. The Northeast Chapter was founded in 1981 to serve members in New York State and New England. Headquartered in Broad Channel, Queens, adjacent to the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge, a focus of our work has been the protection, preservation, and restoration of New York’s urban wilderness. A cornerstone of this work has been our management and promotion of New York State’s participation in the annual International Coastal Cleanup and the Jamaica Bay Guardian program which protects, preserves, and enhances the Jamaica Bay Estuary, one of the largest remaining areas of open space in New York City and an important urban oasis.

About the organization

American Littoral Society

Don Riepe
Executive Director
Lisa Scheppke
New York State Beach Cleanup Coordinator
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