For Immediate Release
Volunteers Needed for Coastal Cleanup
Mays Landing, N.J. - In an effort to turn the tide against trash and debris along area beaches and riverbanks, Atlantic City Electric and its sister utility, Delmarva Power, are partnering with environmental, civic and business organizations throughout the region and sponsoring the 21st Annual Coastal Cleanup this fall.
Volunteers are needed to remove trash from 76 beach and riverbank locations throughout Delaware, Maryland, Virginia and New Jersey. Most cleanups will occur on Saturday, September 15, while others will take place on other dates in September and October.
"Unfortunately, many people who visit our region's beaches and rivers over the summer leave behind a lot of trash," said Delmarva Power's Matt Likovich, a longtime coordinator of Coastal Cleanup. "Add to that the debris that washes ashore and you have the potential for serious pollution. Delmarva Power and Atlantic City Electric are proud to sponsor Coastal Cleanup because it reflects the kind of environmental stewardship that is central to our business."
Delmarva Power and Atlantic City Electric have sponsored the regional Coastal Cleanup, which is part of International Coastal Cleanup, for 17 consecutive years. The types and quantities of trash collected will be itemized. The data will then be used to pinpoint the source of debris, as well as target ways to reduce or eliminate waste.
Each participant will receive an original Coastal Cleanup T-shirt, courtesy of utilities. A Delmarva Power graphic artist has provided a unique design for each year's cleanup campaign and the many volunteers who return each year consider the shirts a collector's item.
More than 2,500 volunteers collected nearly 28,000 pounds of trash in last year's cleanup. The usual soda cans and cigarette butts were found as well as a few oddities, such as refrigerator doors, fireworks, an air conditioner, fire extinguisher and car bumper.
Check the list following this news release for specific information on the various cleanup locations.
Atlantic City Electric, a public utility owned by Pepco Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: POM), provides safe, reliable and affordable regulated electric delivery services to more than 500,000 customers in southern New Jersey.
2007 Coastal Cleanup Locations, Dates & Contacts
Delaware (49 sites)
Statewide -- 9:00 a.m., 9/15/07 Jennifer Hall, 302-739-9906
Nanticoke River, Seaford - 9:00 a.m., 9/22/07 Megan Ward, 410-873-3045
New Jersey (5 sites)
Cumberland County - 10:00 a.m., 9/15/07 Alyssa Allen, 609-861-4120
Atlantic & Cape May counties - 9:00 a.m., 10/20/07 Jennifer Smiga, 732-872-0111
Maryland (12 sites)
Assateague Island - 9:00 a.m., 9/15/07 Nadine Miller, 410-629-1538
Ocean City - 9:00 a.m., 9/15/07 Nancy Howard, 410-524-1881
Beaverdam Creek, Salisbury - 9:00 a.m., 9/15/07 Mary Seemann, 410-860-6880
Pocomoke River , Snow Hill - 9:00 a.m., 9/15/07 Ron Pilling, 410-632-3971
Choptank River , Trappe - 9:00 a.m., 9/15/07 Kay Wendowski, 410-822-7457
Sailwinds Park, Cambridge - 9:00 a.m., 9/15/07 Kay Wendowski, 410-822-7457
Col. Richardson Tomb, Bethlehem - 9:00 a.m., 9/15/07 Kay Wendowski, 410-822-7457
Windmill Branch Creek, Easton - 9:00 a.m., 9/15/07 Kay Wendowski, 410-822-7457
Tuckahoe State Park - 9:00 a.m., 9/15/07 Darryl Calloway, 410-928-3883
Terrapin Park , Kent Island - 9:00 a.m., 9/15/07 (This site's volunteer list is full)
Roaring Point Park, Nanticoke - 10:00 a.m., 9/22/07 Judith Stribling, 410-548-4767
Nassawango Creek, Snow Hill - 9:00 a.m., 9/22/07 Joe Fehrer, Jr., 410-632-3746
Virginia (10 sites)
Chincoteague Nat'l Wildlife Refuge, 8:00 a.m., 9/22/07 Geralyn Mireles, 757-336-6122
Wallops Island - 9:00 a.m., 9/15/07 (Not open to public)
All other Virginia cleanup sites - late Sept. or Oct. Katie Register, 434-395-2602