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Delmarva Power Supports 2013 Coastal Cleanup

Wednesday, September 04, 2013

Volunteers Needed to Remove Trash 

OCEAN CITY, Md.  – Delmarva Power is once again joining with environmental, governmental and business organizations throughout the region to support the 27th 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 more than 60 locations. Most cleanups will occur on Saturday, Sept. 21, while others will take place on other dates in September and October. (See attached list for specific information on all cleanup sites, times and dates). Each participant will receive an original Coastal Cleanup T-shirt (while supplies last), courtesy of Delmarva Power, the event’s primary corporate sponsor for 23 consecutive years.

“Delmarva Power believes this annual cleanup is an environmental, educational and community event,” said Matt Likovich, spokesman for Delmarva Power, during a Coastal Cleanup kickoff news conference on Wednesday in Ocean City. “The cleanup benefits the environment, educates the public about the dangers of pollution and the importance of recycling, and brings people together to work on a worthwhile project.”

In last year’s cleanup, more than 2,100 volunteers collected an estimated 18,000 pounds of trash. Unusual items collected included a Hula-Hoop, toilet, sofa pillow, plaster cast of a foot, car headlight and lottery tickets inside of a bottle. Typical items found included cigar and cigarette butts, beverage containers, plastic bags and balloons with attached strings or ribbons. Balloons, strings and ribbons pose a serious health threat to animals and aquatic life which can mistake balloons for food and become entangled in the strings and ribbons. Delaware has introduced recycling as part of the cleanup with volunteers separating trash from recyclables.

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 on data cards which will then be forwarded to the Center for Marine Conservation. The information will be used to identify the source of debris as well as explore ways to reduce or eliminate litter.

Find additional information by visiting www.delmarva.com, on Facebook at www.facebook.com/delmarvapower and on Twitter at www.twitter.com/delmarvaconnect. Our mobile app is available at www.delmarva.com/mobileapp.

2013 Coastal Cleanup Locations, Times, Dates & Contacts

Delaware (approx. 50 sites) – 9 a.m., 9/21/13                 

Joanna Wilson, 302-739-9902

Maryland (9 sites)

Beaverdam Creek, Salisbury – 9 a.m., 9/7/13                      

 Mary Seemann, 410-860-6880

Lora Bottinelli, 410-742-4988, ext. 111

Janes Island State Park, Crisfield – 8:30 a.m., 9/14/13         

Ranger John Somers, 410-968-1565

Patuxent River, Savage – 9 a.m., 9/14/13                            

Sue Muller, 410-313-4697 (This location already has a full quota of volunteers.)

Assateague Island – 9 a.m., 9/21/13                                    

Jim Rapp, 443-614-0261

Sailwinds Park, Cambridge – 9 a.m., 9/21/13                      

Carmera Thomas, 443-482-2156

Nanticoke River                                                                     

Judith Stribling, 410-548-4767

Nanticoke (Roaring Point) – 9 a.m., 9/21/13

Chincoteague Bay, Girdletree – 9 a.m., 9/21/13                 

Kim Klump, 410-726-3090

Nassawango Creek, Snow Hill – 9 a.m., 9/22/13                 

Joe Fehrer, Jr., 410-430-1743

Ocean City – 9 a.m., 9/28/13                                                       

Gail Blazer, 410-289-8221                                                                                                           

New Jersey (2 sites)                                                                      

Gandy’s Beach

Cumberland County – 2 p.m., 9/21/13                                    

Moses Katkowski, 609-861-4126

Atlantic City – 9 a.m., 10/19/13                                               

Catie Tobin, 732-872-0111

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