In an effort to help clean up the Delaware River, a coalition of Clean Communities programs in Hunterdon County, together with the N.J. State Park Service, have scheduled the Third Annual Delaware River Cleanup from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 19.
Kathy Klink, Delaware Township’s Clean Community representative helping with the event said, “While it is wonderful to see people enjoying the river, unfortunately trash is often left behind. This year with the extremely high numbers of visitors to the region during the pandemic, the cleanup is especially needed.
We hope local residents will donate a few hours of their time to help clean the shoreline.”
In addition to Delaware Township, the D&R Canal State Park (NJ), Delaware River Greenway Partnership, West Amwell Township Clean Communities, Lambertville Clean Communities, Hunterdon County Clean Communities, and Kingwood Clean Communities, and Stockton Clean Communities are all co-sponsoring the event. Last year the event attracted over 150 volunteers. They collected over 400 pounds of bagged trash and recycling along with 15 tires, one blue 55-gallon barrel, two 20-foot sections of sewer pipe, and three pieces of construction material.
Due to COVID-19, organizers are asking for groups of 6 to 10 people to adopt a cleanup area along the river. Groups must be comprised of people who have already been spending time together, such as family groups, Scout groups, church groups, sport teams, work groups etc.
Each group of volunteers will be assigned to a specific area along the river. One person from each group will serve as a designated leader and take part in an advance safety discussion with NJ Clean Communities.
Registered volunteers should bring a signed waiver and insect repellent to the event. Comfortable clothing, long pants, closed-toe shoes, and a mask are mandatory. Participants will be provided with trash bags and gloves. They will receive a T-shirt as a thank you for their time.
Advance registration is required by visiting delawarerivergreenwaypartnership.org