Volunteers Clean-Up Over ½ Ton of Trash from Delaware’s Inland Bays

Indian River Inlet, DE: The 2017 Inland Bays Clean-Up was held on June 10th, organized by the Delaware Center for the Inland Bays, in conjunction with the DNREC’s Division of Fish & Wildlife Enforcement Section, and Division of Parks & Recreation. Leaving from Massey’s Landing Public Boat Ramp, sixty-nine participants in thirteen boats collected trash from Indian River and Rehoboth Bays.

Volunteers scoured marshes and shorelines, picking up plastic bottles, tires, aluminum cans, plastic wrappers, docking lumber, and other assorted trash. All together, thirteen-hundred pounds of trash was collected and deposited into a dumpster provided by Waste Industries, Inc., and was disposed of via Delaware Solid Waste Authority’s Community Clean-Up Initiative, sponsored by State Senator Ernie Lopez.

Thank you to these groups, as well as the Division of Fish and Wildlife Enforcement officers for patrolling the area and providing support, and to the Dewey Beach Lions Club who not only helped fund the event, but also provided the volunteers with some well-deserved hotdogs.

Special thanks to Sargent Troy Trimmer and Seasonal Officers Danny Cropper and William Atkins of DFW Enforcement for coordinating use of the boat ramp and safety patrols in the area.

  • Sponsors of the event included:
  • Delaware Center for the Inland Bays
  • Division of Fish and Wildlife Enforcement
  • Dewey Beach Lions Club
  • Waste Industries
  • Senator Ernie Lopez/ DSWA Community Cleanup Initiative


Trash in the Inland Bays can be harmful to the health and safety of bay users who support a thriving and regionally-important boating economy. Over fifty marinas cater to the Bays, and on a busy summer weekend, over 1,100 boats may be underway at one time. Of the approximately 60,000 registered boaters in Delaware, most use the Inland Bays. Thanks to the volunteers, businesses, and agencies that supported this annual event, we can keep the Inland Bays attractive and safe for these bay-users, and contribute positively to the quality of life in Coastal Sussex County.

The Center will start planning soon for next year’s event, as well as organizing activities that clean up trash on our bays year-around. To get involved, please contact Bob Collins at the Delaware Center for the Inland Bays. He can be reached at 302-226-8105 (ext. 111) or jamesfarm@inlandbays.org.

The Delaware Center for the Inland Bays is a non-profit organization established in 1994, one of 28 National Estuary Programs. With its many partners, the CIB works to preserve, protect and restore Delaware’s Inland Bays, the water that flows into them, and the watershed around them.


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