Coastal Cleanup Seeks Volunteers
Wednesday, August 17, 2005
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Matt Likovich, 410-860-6203 (office); 866-655-2237 (pager)
Ocean City, Md. - Delmarva Power is once again joining with environmental groups throughout the region in supporting the annual Coastal Cleanup this fall. The effort aims to remove trash from the beaches and rivers throughout the Delmarva Peninsula and southern New Jersey.
The 2005 Coastal Cleanup will be conducted over three weekends - September 17 and 24 and October 1 - at over 70 sites throughout the region. Cleanup activities are scheduled from 9 a.m. until noon each day. (Check the list following this news release for specific information on the various cleanup locations).
"Delmarva Power believes this annual cleanup is an environmental, educational and community event," said Matt Likovich of Delmarva Power''s community relations department. "The cleanup benefits the environment, educates the public about the dangers of pollution and brings people together to work on a worthwhile project. The cleanup also helps increase awareness of the need to recycle."
"Once again we are pleased to join in this partnership whose goal is to keep our waters clean," said John A. Hughes, Secretary of the Delaware Department of Natural Resources & Environmental Control. "This activity is a hands-on way to practice good environmental stewardship."
The types and quantities of trash collected will be itemized. The data will then be sent to the Center for Marine Conservation in Washington, D.C., which compiles information for all of the coastal cleanups around the world. The data helps pinpoint the source of the debris and target ways to reduce or eliminate waste.
Last year more than 1,000 volunteers participated in the cleanup, which netted several thousand pounds of trash from about 100 miles of shoreline. Typical debris picked up included cigarette butts, beverage containers, food wrappers and fishing gear. Some of the more unusual items included a bowling ball, a woman''s wig, a shopping cart, a car bumper and a cell phone.
Each participant will receive an original 2005 Coastal Cleanup T-shirt, courtesy of Delmarva Power, which has been the primary corporate sponsor of the event for 15 consecutive years. A Delmarva Power graphic artist provides a unique design for the shirts and the many volunteers who return year after year consider the shirts to be collector''s items.
Contact us for a list of cleanup locations, dates and sites.
Delmarva Power, a public utility owned by Pepco Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: POM), provides safe, reliable and affordable regulated electric and natural gas delivery services to more than 500,000 customers in Delaware, Maryland, and Virginia.