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For Immediate Release


Delmarva Power Supports 2015 Coastal Cleanup

OCEAN CITY, Md.  - Delmarva Power will partner with environmental, governmental and business organizations throughout the region to support the 29th 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 71 locations. Most cleanups will occur on Saturday, Sept. 19, while others will take place on other dates in September and October. (See below 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 Monday 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 25 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 17,000 pounds of trash. Unusual items collected included a windshield wiper, paint brush, flashlight, toilet seat, television, car fender and chopsticks. 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 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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2015 Coastal Cleanup Locations, Times, Dates & Contacts


Delaware (51 sites) - 9 a.m., Sept. 19

Joanna Wilson, 302-739-9902


Maryland (18 sites)

Beaverdam Creek, Salisbury - 9 a.m., Sept. 12
Mary Seemann, 410-860-6880

Dorsey Run, Jessup - 9 a.m., Sept. 12
Sue Muller, 410-313-4697 
(This location already has a full quota of volunteers.)                                                           

Janes Island State Park, Crisfield - 8:30 a.m., Sept. 19
Ranger John Somers, 410-968-1565

Assateague Island - 8:30 a.m., Sept. 19
Matt Heim, 410-629-1538

Ocean City - 9 a.m., Sept. 19
Gail Blazer, 410-289-8221
Sandi Smith, 410-213-2297

Nanticoke River, Roaring Point Park - 9 a.m., Sept. 19
Eugene Williams, 410-548-2062

Tred Avon River, Easton - 9 a.m., Sept, 19
Geri Schlenoff

Neavitt Landing, St. Michaels - 9 a.m. Sept. 19
Geri Schlenoff

Terrapin Park, Stevensville - 9 a.m., Sept. 19
Geri Schlenoff                                             

Kent Narrows, Kent Island - 9 a.m., Sept. 19                    
Geri Schlenoff
(two locations)                                                            

Bill Burton Fishing Pier, Cambridge - 9 a.m., Sept. 19      
Geri Schlenoff

Elk and North Rivers, Elkton - 9 a.m., Sept. 19                
Geri Schlenoff                                    

George Island Landing, Truitt's Landing, Taylor Landing Girdletree - 9 a.m., Sept. 20
Kim Klump, 410-726-3090

Nassawango Creek, Snow Hill - 9 a.m., Sept. 26
Joe Fehrer, Jr., 410-430-1743


New Jersey (2 sites)                                                                                                                     

South Cape May Meadows Preserve, Cape May - 10 a.m., Sept. 18                                                 
Adrianna Zito-Livingston, 609-861-4136 

Atlantic City - 9 a.m., Oct. 24                                            
Ken Mosca, 609-645-4802

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