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Delmarva Power Supports 2014 Coastal Cleanup

OCEAN CITY, Md.  - Delmarva Power will partner with environmental, governmental and business organizations throughout the region to support the 28th annual Coastal Cleanup this year. 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. 20, while others will take place on other dates in September and October. (See second and third pages of this news release 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 and the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control.

"Unfortunately, some people who visit our region's beaches and rivers over the summer leave behind a lot of trash," Delmarva Power spokesman Matt Likovich said during a Coastal Cleanup kickoff news conference Thursday in Ocean City. "Add that to the debris that washes ashore and you have the potential for serious pollution. Delmarva Power is proud to sponsor Coastal Cleanup for 24 consecutive years because it reflects the kind of environmental stewardship that is central to our business."

Delaware will include recycling as part of the cleanup with volunteers separating trash from recyclables.

In last year's cleanup, approximately 2,300 volunteers collected an estimated 14,000 pounds of trash. Unusual items collected included a hockey puck, license plate, mailbox, lawn chairs, snow shovels, and bicycles. Typical items found included cigar and cigarette butts, beverage containers, plastic bags and balloons with strings or ribbons attached. Balloons, strings and ribbons pose a serious health threat to animals and aquatic life that can mistake balloons for food and become entangled in the strings and ribbons. 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 and 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.

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2014 Coastal Cleanup Locations, Times, Dates & Contacts

 

Delaware (48 sites) - 9 a.m., Sept. 20                                

Joanna Wilson 

302-739-9902

www.dnrec.delaware.gov

 

Maryland (12 sites)

 

Beaverdam Creek, Salisbury - 9 a.m., Sept. 6                    

Mary Seemann, 410-860-6880

(Cleanup completed at this site)

 

Dorsey Run, Jessup - 9 a.m., Sept. 13                                

Sue Muller, 410-313-4697

(This location already has a full quota of volunteers)

                                                                                   

Janes Island State Park, Crisfield - 8:30 a.m., Sept. 20       

Ranger John Somers, 410-968-1565

 

Assateague Island - 8:30 a.m., Sept. 20                               

Matt Heim, 410-629-1538

 

Ocean City - 9 a.m., Sept. 20                                               

Gail Blazer, 410-289-8221

 

Nassawango Creek, Snow Hill - 9 a.m., Sept. 20               

Joe Fehrer, Jr., 410-430-1743

 

Turner's Creek, Kennedyville - 9 a.m., Sept. 20                 

Geri Schlenoff

icc.baltimore@gmail.com

 

Terrapin Park, Stevensville - 9 a.m., Sept. 20                    

Geri Schlenoff

icc.baltimore@gmail.com

 

Black Walnut Point, Tilghman Island - 9 a.m., Sept. 20       

Geri Schlenoff

icc.baltimore@gmail.com

  

George Island Landing, Truitt's Landing, Taylor Landing

Girdletree - 9 a.m., Sept. 20                                                 

Kim Klump, 410-726-3090

 

Bill Burton Fishing Pier, Trappe - 9 a.m., Sept. 27               

Carmera Thomas, 410-268-8816

Nanticoke River                                                                      

Nanticoke (Roaring Point Park) - 9 a.m., Sept. 27 

Judith Stribling, 410-548-4767

                        

New Jersey (2 sites)                                                

 

Port Norris - 10 a.m., Sept. 20                                              

Moses Katkowski, 609-861-4126 

Atlantic City - 9 a.m., Oct. 25                                                           

Ken Mosca, 609-645-4802

 

 

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