Volunteers needed for Inland Bays Cleanup

The Delaware Center for the Inland Bays, the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control’s Division of Fish & Wildlife Enforcement Section and the Division of Parks & 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, and end about 1 p.m.

This year, the cleanup will take place at the 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. The event is not recommended for children younger than 10.

Last year’s event drew 75 volunteers who together collected more than 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, contact E.J. Chalabala, Delaware Center for the Inland Bays, at (302) 226-8105 or by email at restoration@inlandbays.org.