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Clean Shores Program Tackling Trash At Liberty State Park

Cleanup of Liberty State Park - Jersey City, NJ - Jul 21, 2011 (credit: Levon Putney / WCBS 880)

Cleanup of Liberty State Park – Jersey City, NJ – Jul 21, 2011 (credit: Levon Putney / WCBS 880)

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JERSEY CITY, NJ (WCBS 880) – An effort is underway to clean Liberty State Park.

Old 2x4s, tree branches, gas cans, soda cans and water bottles. It’s all being picked up by a detail of about a dozen prison inmates along the Liberty State Park shoreline over the next couple weeks.

LISTEN: WCBS 880’s Levon Putney reports

“Today, we partnered with the Department of Environmental Protection and their Clean Shores program,” said Passaic Valley Sewerage Commission’s Wayne Forrest.

“We like to provide programs to the inmates to allow them to re-enter into the community,” said State Corrections Chief of Staff Mark Cranston. “They can, I guess have a little fun with it. It’s a 100 degrees today so it’s probably not has fun as it is when it’s 80 degrees.”

Clean Shores is a statewide program that uses state inmate labor to clean tidal shorelines throughout New Jersey.