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Local Groups Clean Up After H2Oi

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OCEAN CITY, Md. - The unsanctioned H2Oi event left behind trash and skid marks along Coastal Highway and many of the side streets downtown. As the town still works to clean up the mess, locals and organizations come together to help. 

"Aside of the safety concerns it brought to town, it actually trashed the town," says Billy Weiland with Assateague Coastal Trust. "I came in yesterday. It actually looked like the perimeter of a landfill."

Weiland normally works to clean up the Assateague area, but he caught wind of the mess in Ocean City and now finds himself bagging up more than 30 pounds of trash on 30th Street alone. 

Even Wilman Diaz and Chelsea Luna, who have been coming to H2Oi for the past few years think this one was particularly trashy. "Every year it's getting kind of better for the people but bad for the city," says Diaz. "Why would people leave trash? That's why people hate us. That's why they don't want us."


Diaz and Luna say they come to see recklessness and adrenaline fill the streets. This year they have scrapes to show and memories of being pepper sprayed to share. "Three times past they sprayed our feet," Luna recalls. 

The weekend-long event brought weekend-long chaos, all of which inspired Ocean City native Tommy Vach to take action. "I had some friends in from California and they were appalled by this kind of behavior," he says. "I was even embarrassed to show them this side of Ocean City."


Vach is the president of the Ocean City Surf Club. The group is one of many cleaning up and its trying to recruit more. A Facebook event organized by Adopt Your Beach and the Ocean City Surf Club has been created to help clean up after H2Oi. People can even send in pictures so that volunteers know where to find the trash. 

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