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Center for Inland Bays appreciates support

June 22, 2013

The Inland Bays are once again much cleaner thanks to the efforts of some very dedicated volunteers. On June 8, more than 40 stalwart stewards of the water braved the rain to collect more than 3,000 pounds of trash from the waters, shores and marshes of Rehoboth Bay and Indian River Bay. I’m writing to express my utmost thanks to these folks that continually give to their community by keeping our beloved waters free of junk.

Every year, tons of trash makes its way into the bays, especially after storms. Plastics in particular can be consumed by marine life and make their way into the food chain of the estuary. Floating boards and other debris from docks and decks can also cause navigational hazards. Everyone can help keep waters clean by switching to reusable materials and making sure trash cans near the water are secured. And of course by participating in the Bay Clean Up!

The next opportunity will be Saturday, June 22, at the Assawoman Wildlife Area to clean up the Little Assawoman Bay. Go to www.inlandbays.org for details.

The Inland Bays Cleanup is a partnership between the Delaware Center for the Inland Bays, DNREC’s Division of Fish and Wildlife Enforcement Section, Dewey Beach Lions Club and DNREC’s Division of Parks and Recreation. For the seventh consecutive year, the Dewey Beach Lions Club has donated $1,000 to fund the event. We thank them and our other sponsors, State Farm Insurance Company, Blue Hen Disposal Service and Bill’s Sport Shop, for their support. On behalf of the Center for the Inland Bays, we can’t thank you all enough for your dedication!

Chris Bason

executive director
Delaware Center for the Inland Bays

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