Ah, yes. With the temperature rising into the 50s today, what better weather could there be for New Jersey's seond annual "Dash for the Trash?"
The event is a large-scale, volunteer cleanup of sections of the Delaware River and Bay from Sussex to Cape May counties. It lasts through March 17, so if you can't make it today, tomorrow is forecast to be a nice day, too.
Last year, more than 400 volunteers from scout troops, schools, businesses and environmental and nonprofit groups, as well as local residents, logged more than 1,500 hours cleaning up the Delaware River and Bay, according to a DEP press release.
They collected 536 bags of trash and recyclables, plus truckloads of large debris items gathered from the New Jersey side of the Delaware River Basin.
Scheduled cleanups include:
- Duck Island and Miry Run in Hamilton
- Pompeston Creek in Cinnaminson
- Bridgeton Bluffs on the Cohansey River in Bridgeton
- Pyne Point Park in Camden
- Cape Island Creek in Cape May
- Rancocas Creek in Delanco
- Maurice River in Millville
- Delaware River in Phillipsburg, Pennsville and Cinnaminson.
To register for a cleanup or see a detailed list of cleanup sites, times and contact information, visit: http://www.nj.gov/dep/wms/bear/blitz_2013.htm.
More from the press release: The 9-day cleanup will be held in conjunction with National AmeriCorps Week, which celebrates the volunteerism and service of AmeriCorps members who are playing a key role in organizing local cleanups. The New Jersey Watershed Ambassadors Program, which is under the umbrella of the AmeriCorps Program, is an environmental community service effort administered by the DEP to raise public awareness about water and watershed issues and to promote watershed stewardship through direct community involvement.