For Immediate Release
Volunteers needed to remove trash
OCEAN CITY, Md. - For the 18th consecutive year, Delmarva Power will join forces with environmental, civic and business organizations throughout the region to support the 22nd 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 59 sites, most of which are scheduled for cleanup on Saturday, Sept. 20 and Saturday, Oct. 18. One site, however, is scheduled for cleanup on Saturday, Sept. 13. (See attached list for specific information on cleanup locations, dates and times). Each participant this year will receive an original Coastal Cleanup T-shirt, courtesy of Delmarva Power, the primary corporate sponsor of the event.
"It is important to keep our beaches and waterways clean because those areas represent valuable environmental and economic resources to residents of Delaware, Maryland and New Jersey," said Matt Likovich, spokesman for Delmarva Power, during a cleanup kickoff news conference Thursday in Ocean City. "Delmarva Power's sponsorship and participation in Coastal Cleanup demonstrates our company's strong and unwavering commitment to environmental stewardship."
The regional Coastal Cleanup is part of International Coastal Cleanup, sponsored by The Ocean Conservancy, a non-profit group 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 pinpoint the source of debris, as well as focus on ways to reduce or eliminate waste.
In last year's cleanup, 2,500 volunteers collected approximately 35,000 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 lawn chair, lamp shade, stereo speaker and car parts.
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 .
2008 Coastal Cleanup Locations, Dates & Contacts
Delaware (44 sites) - 9 a.m., 9/20/08 Jennifer Hall, 302-739-9906
New Jersey (5 sites)
Cumberland County - 10 a.m., 9/20/08 Alyssa Jones, 609-861-4120
Atlantic & Cape May counties - 9 a.m., 10/18/08 Jennifer Smiga or Anna Will
Maryland (10 sites)
Assateague Island - 9 a.m., 9/13/08 Nadine Miller, 410-629-1538
Ocean City - 9a.m., 9/20/08 Nancy Howard, 410-524-1881
Nanticoke River - 9a.m., 9/20/08 Judith Stribling, 410-548-4767
Beaverdam Creek, Salisbury - 9 a.m., 9/20/08 Mary Seemann, 410-860-6880
Lora Bottinelli, 410-742-4988, ext. 111
Pocomoke River , Snow Hill - 9a.m., 9/20/08 Ron Pilling, 410-632-3971
Nassawango Creek, Snow Hill - 9a.m., 9/20/08 Joe Fehrer, Jr., 410-632-3746
Sailwinds Park, Cambridge - 9 a.m., 9/20/08 Laura LeBlanc, 410-228-1000
Tuckahoe State Park -- 9 a.m., 9/20/08 Darryl Calloway, 410-928-3883
Terrapin Park , Kent Island - 9 a.m., 9/20/08 (Volunteer list for this site is full)
Janes Island State Park , Crisfield - 9 a.m., 9/20/08 Brent Sullivan, 410-968-1565