Hurricane Sandy and other big storms this year left lots of debris in and around the Inland Bays, creating a big job for the Ninth Annual Inland Bays Cleanup.
This year’s cleanup is scheduled for two Saturdays in June. On June 8, volunteers will meet at Massey’s Landing at the end of Long Neck Road at 9 a.m. for the cleanup of Rehoboth and Indian River bays. On Saturday, June 22, volunteers will meet at 9 a.m. at Mulberry Landing Public Boat Ramp at the Assawoman Wildlife Area just southwest of Bethany Beach. Work will be done at 2 p.m.
Volunteers with boats are especially needed. E.J. Chalabala, aquatic restoration coordinator with the Delaware Center for the Inland Bays, said, “We need as many boats helping out as possible, so this year we will be giving $20 VISA gift cards to the operators of the first 20 boats registered for the June 8 cleanup.”
To assist the organizers in their planning, volunteers are asked to sign up in advance by calling Chalabala at 302-226-8105 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Lunch and T-shirts will be provided.
Volunteers should dress to work, be prepared to get wet and dirty, and remember that it can be cooler on the water. Boots are suggested. Life jackets will be provided to anyone who doesn’t have one. This event is not recommended for children under the age of 10.
The event is sponsored and organized by DNREC’s Division of Fish and Wildlife Enforcement Section, along with the Dewey Beach Lions Club, the Center for the Inland Bays and DNREC’s Division of Parks and Recreation.
For more information on the Delaware Inland Bays, an estuary of national significance, go to www.inlandbays.org.