Delaware: DNREC Secretary invites volunteers to help clean up Christina River April 16

Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental
Control Secretary Collin O’Mara encourages volunteers to join the
cleanup efforts along the Christina River and several of its
tributaries on Saturday, April 16 from 8 a.m. until noon.
Volunteers are asked to register to work at one of 10 sites
throughout northern New Castle County, from north Wilmington to
just south of Newark.

“Helping to beautify our waterways is the perfect way to spend a
few hours on a Saturday morning,” said Secretary O’Mara. “Clearing
debris from the Christina watershed not only improves the landscape
for residents and visitors to enjoy, it improves the health and
water quality of the river and its tributaries, the primary sources
of public water supply for New Castle County.”

For a list of cleanup sites with directions and to register, visit
www.ChristinaRiverCleanup.org or call 302-838-1897. Registration is
encouraged before April 14, so adequate supplies can be provided to
each site captain. Due to insurance requirements, volunteers under
the age of sixteen must have adult supervision.

The annual cleanup, now in its 20th year, will be held rain or
shine. Since the cleanup began in 1992, more than 350 tons of
tires, appliances, household items, and plastic and styrofoam have
been cleared from the Christina River, White Clay Creek and various
other tributaries.

DNREC has been a sponsor and an integral part of the Christina
River Watershed Cleanup since its inception, providing funding and
other support. Specifically, DNREC’s Division of Fish and Wildlife
provides staff, boats, and specialized equipment to move volunteers
and remove trash from remote locations. The cleanup of the river
within the city of Wilmington benefits the Division’s ongoing marsh
restoration work at the Russell W. Peterson Urban Wildlife
Refuge.

Experience has shown that it is advisable for participants to
consider wearing brightly-colored clothing, long sleeves and pants,
boots or water-resistant shoes, hats and heavy-duty gloves and
using insect repellent and sunscreen. Waders or hip boots are also
useful for the city of Wilmington and Churchman’s Marsh –
Christiana and Newport sites. Additional jon-boat-type work boats
are still needed for Wilmington’s Riverfront and East 7th Street
locations, as well as the Churchman’s Marsh areas. All participants
must wear a life jacket while on any boat.

All volunteers will receive a 2011 Christina River Watershed
Cleanup t-shirt designed by Brendan Delaney, a junior, who attends
Cab Calloway School of the Arts in Wilmington.

More than fifty organizations and businesses sponsor the cleanup
each year. Primary sponsors besides DNREC include: Christina
Conservancy, Inc.; Partnership for the Delaware Estuary; New Castle
County; DuPont Environmental Education Center; Artesian Water
Company; United Water Delaware; Noramco, Inc.; FCC Environmental;
GE Ceramic Composite Products and Dow Chemical.

 

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