Hurricane Irma polluted our bay, beaches; help needed for big clean-up this weekend

Tampa Bay Watch looking for volunteers
Posted at 4:58 AM, Oct 05, 2017
and last updated 2017-10-05 06:50:11-04

When Hurricane Irma raged through Tampa Bay, the epic storm blew trash and garbage out into the Gulf. And now, environmental scientists say that trash is coming back, washing ashore on our beaches, rivers, estuaries, you name it.

So on Saturday, Tampa Bay Watch, a local  nonprofit trying to keep our waterways free of pollutants, will host a big coastal clean-up. Families of all ages are welcome at five different locations in the bay area. Click here for a list of locations.

Tampa Bay Watch is also hosting other restoration events this month -- all needing volunteers, on both sides of the bay -- from building oyster reefs to planting sea grasses to clearing fishing line from bird nesting areas. Click here for additional information.

No experience necessary. Just bring a swimsuit, some sunscreen and an old crummy pair of sneakers.