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Delmarva Power Supports 2009 Coastal Cleanup

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Volunteers needed to remove trash

OCEAN CITY , Md. – For the 19th consecutive year, Delmarva Power will partner with environmental, civic and business organizations throughout the region to support the 23rd annual Coastal Cleanup this fall. The effort aims to remove trash from beaches and riverbanks in Delaware, Maryland and New Jersey.

Volunteers are needed to clean up 61 sites, most of which are scheduled for cleanup on Saturday, Sept. 19 and Saturday, Oct. 24. One site, however, is scheduled for cleanup on Saturday, Sept. 26. (See attached list for specific information on cleanup locations, dates and times). Each participant will receive an original Coastal Cleanup T-shirt, courtesy of Delmarva Power, the primary corporate sponsor of the event.

“Delmarva Power believes this annual cleanup is an environmental, educational and community event,” said Matt Likovich, spokesman for Delmarva Power, during a cleanup kickoff news conference on Tuesday in Ocean City. “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.”

The regional Coastal Cleanup is part of International Coastal Cleanup, sponsored by Ocean Conservancy, an organization that works to protect the world’s oceans. The types and quantities of trash collected will be itemized. The data will then be used to focus on the source of debris, as well as identify ways to reduce or eliminate waste.

In last year’s cleanup, more than 2,600 volunteers collected an estimated 20,000 pounds of trash. Typical debris picked up included cigarette butts, beverage containers, food wrappers and fishing gear. Some of the more unusual items included a bicycle, porch blinds, barbecue grill, blankets, pillow, lawnmower and automobile tires.

2009 Coastal Cleanup Locations, Dates & Contacts

Delaware (47 sites) – 9 a.m., 9/19/09 Joanna Wilson, 302-739-9902

www.dnrec.delaware.gov

New Jersey (4 sites)

Cumberland County – 10 a.m., 9/19/09 Alyssa Jones, 609-861-4120

Atlantic & Cape May counties – 9 a.m., 10/24/09 Tavia Danch, 732-872-0111

Maryland (10 sites)

Assateague Island – 9 a.m., 9/19/09 Kim Fehrer, 410-629-1538

Ocean City – 9a.m., 9/19/09 Nancy Howard, 410-524-1881

Nanticoke River, Nanticoke – 9a.m., 9/19/09 Judith Stribling, 410-548-4767, Kara Kukovich, 443-944-1175

Beaverdam Creek, Salisbury – 9 a.m., 9/19/09 Mary Seemann, 410-860-6880, Renee Fredericksen, 410-742-4988, ext. 109

Pocomoke River , Snow Hill – 9a.m., 9/19/09 Ron Pilling, 410-632-3971

Nassawango Creek, Snow Hill – 9a.m., 9/26/09 Joe Fehrer, Jr., 410-632-4761 or 410-430-1743

Sailwinds Park, Cambridge – 9 a.m., 9/19/09 Laura LeBlanc, 443-205-2981

Tuckahoe State Park – 9 a.m., 9/19/09 Darryl Calloway, 410-438-3151, ext. 145

Little Patuxent River, Jessup – 9 a.m., 9/19/09 Sue Muller, 410-313-4697

Janes Island State Park , Crisfield – 9 a.m., 9/19/09 Ranger John Somers, 410-968-1565

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Delmarva Power, a public utility owned by Pepco Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: POM), provides safe and reliable energy to nearly 500,000 electric delivery customers in Delaware and Maryland and over 121,000 natural gas delivery customers in northern Delaware .