Annual Inland Bays Clean Up

Join the Delaware Center for the Inland Bays to remove debris from the Bays during the Annual Inland Bays Clean Up from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, August 28.
The effort will focus on the shores along Rehoboth and Indian River Bays by boat. Volunteers are needed, but space is limited, so registration is required.
The Center currently is in need of boat captains with power boats to collect and transport debris. Boat captains interested in volunteering should contact Program Manager, Bob Collins, at 302-226-8105 ext. 711 or at
Each volunteer must sign a waiver to participate (which will be available the day-of). This event is not recommended for children under 12, and participants under 18 must be accompanied by parent or guardian.
The Center will be following the CDC and state guidelines regarding COVID-19.
Volunteers should be prepared for the weather (including cooler, breezy conditions on the water) and should dress for dirty and wet conditions. Work gloves are recommended and closed-toe shoes are required. Those who have access to lifejackets should bring one, as they are required onboard any boat used during the cleanup. Lifejackets will be provided as needed. Volunteers also should plan to bring their own water and snacks or lunch as refreshments will not be provided.
Previous cleanup efforts have netted thousands of pounds of trash, including plastic bottles and bags, tires, cans, wrappers, fishing gear, and docking lumber. Trash in local waterways can be harmful to both Bay users and a variety of coastal and aquatic life including birds, fish, and mammals such as dolphins.