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DNREC, Delmarva Power Prepare for the Annual Coastal Cleanup

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OCEAN CITY, Md. - The start of the 28th Annual Coastal Cleanup is just over a week away on Delmarva. The project, put on by Delmarva Power, the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control, and other environmental, governmental and business organizations throughout the region, aims to remove trash from beaches and riverbanks in Delaware, Maryland and New Jersey.

The power company says volunteers are needed to clean up more than 60 locations, with most cleanups scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 20. Delmarva Power says there are also other cleanups that will take place on throughout September and October. For the cleanups scheduled in Delaware, DNREC says a rain date will be Saturday, Sept. 27 in the event of severe weather.

"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."

Delmarva Power says Delaware will include recycling as part of the cleanup with volunteers separating trash from recyclables. DNREC says the cleanup spans the First State's 97-mile eastern coastline and includes river and ocean shorelines as well as wetland and watershed areas. This year, DNREC says nearly 50 sites statewide are targeted.

In last year's cleanup, the power company says approximately 2,300 volunteers collected an estimated 14,000 pounds of trash. Most of the trash collected included cigar and cigarette buts, beverage containers, plastic bags and balloons with strings or ribbons attached. Delmarva Power says 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. The company says, however, it's not always your typical trash that volunteers find. Delmarva Power says some of the unusual items collected last year included a hockey puck, license plate, mailbox, lawn chairs, snow shovels, and bicycles.

Delmarva Power says while supplies last, each participant will receive an original Coastal Cleanup T-shirt courtesy of Delmarva Power and the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control. For more information and contacts for the 2014 Coastal Cleanup in Delaware click here. For information on the Coastal Cleanup in Maryland and Virginia, contact Delmarva Power.

Coastal Cleanup is part of International Coastal Cleanup, sponsored by Ocean Conservancy, an organization that works to protect the world's oceans. The organization says 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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