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Volunteers needed for Delaware River and Canal cleanup


New Jersey Clean Communities, the statewide litter abatement program, has announced the second annual Delaware River Cleanup 8 a.m. to 11;30 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 21.

Volunteers will meet for shoreline cleanups in Kingwood, Bull’s Island in Stockton and at the Holcombe-Jimison Farmstead in Lambertville. If water levels permit, boat based cleanups will be held out of Kingwood and Bull’s Island.

This is a rain or shine event except for thunderstorms.

Advance registration is required. Further details and registration can be found

Kathy Klink, a Delaware Township, employee who is helping with the event said, “While it’s wonderful to see people enjoying the river, unfortunately trash is often left behind. We hope folks will donate a few hours of their time to help clean the shoreline and waterways.

Last year we had 90 volunteers and we hope to increase participation to 150 volunteers.” In addition to Delaware Township, the D&R Canal State Park, Hunterdon County Parks, Delaware River Greenway Partnership, West Amwell Township Clean Communities, Lambertville Clean Communities, Hunterdon County Clean Communities, Kingwood Clean Communities and Delaware Canal State Park are co-sponsoring the event.

Adults and supervised children are welcome. School groups and Scout organizations are encouraged to participate. Volunteers should bring insect repellent, wear comfortable clothing, long pants, and sturdy, closed-toe shoes and arrive at 8:30 a.m. at their registered locations.

Participants will be provided with trash bags and gloves and will receive a T-shirt. At noon. a complimentary pizza lunch will be provided to the volunteers.

Besides picking up litter, volunteers are also needed to serve as leaders for the event. Leaders will supervise 10-12 cleanup volunteers and will be trained in safety measures.

Required safety training sessions will take place on Sept. 17 in Delaware Township. To help as a leader, email Kathy Klink at