Volunteers needed for Inland Bays Cleanup

Indian River Inlet, DE:    The Delaware Center for the Inland Bays, the DE Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Concern’s Division of Fish and Wildlife Enforcement Section, and the Division of Parks and Recreation are seeking volunteers and boats for the 10th annual Inland Bays Cleanup.  The Cleanup will start at 9 a.m. on Saturday, July 12, 2014 and end at about 1 p.m.

This year, the cleanup will take place at Massey’s Landing Public Boat Ramp at the end of Long Neck Road and concentrate on Rehoboth Bay and Indian River Bay.

Volunteers should dress to get dirty and be prepared for cooler conditions on the water as well as wet walking conditions on land. Rubber boots are also suggested. Those who have access to lifejackets should bring one, as they are required on boats; otherwise, lifejackets will be provided. This event is not recommended for children under the age of 10.

Last year’s event drew 75 volunteers who together collected over 6,000 pounds of debris, including soda bottles and cans, tires, derelict crab pots and   docking lumber. The debris filled two 30-yard dumpsters.

Volunteers are required to sign up in advance, as lunch and t-shirts will be provided. To volunteer, or for more information, please contact E.J. Chalabala, Delaware Center for the Inland Bays, at 302-226-8105 or by email at restoration@inlandbays.org.

The Delaware Center for the Inland Bays is a non-profit organization established in 1994 to promote the wise use and enhancement of the Inland Bays and its watershed.  With its many partners, the CIB conducts public outreach and education, develops and implements restoration projects, encourages scientific inquiry and sponsors research.  For more information call Sally Boswell at 226-8105, or email at outreach@inlandbays.org  or, go to our website at www.inlandbays.org