WILMINGTON, Del. — Litter is everywhere. But it’s not just on the street, it’s in our rivers, marshes, bays and oceans. By 2050, scientists say, there could be more plastic in the ocean than fish. Southern New Jersey residents are doing something about this problem.
The Partnership for the Delaware Estuary (PDE) and local organizations in New Jersey need volunteers for the South Jersey Scrub scheduled for Saturday, May 19. The Scrub will take place seven locations in Salem and Cumberland counties in New Jersey. These Delaware Bayshore communities are particularly important because of their coastal rivers and marshes. They are teaming up with PDE to keep these areas trash free. Times for the May 19 Scrub vary depending on the site. The city of Bridgeton and New Jersey Clean Communities will provide cleanup materials for the Scrub sites.
A scrub is a strategic, organized cleanup initiative that targets a particular watershed, county, or region. It is a way for people to take action together, in one or more individual cleanup events over a period of time, for big impact. The goal of the South Jersey Scrub is to clean up at least 500 pounds of litter to keep it out of local streams and the Delaware Estuary. These streams and the Estuary are an important part of the Delaware River Watershed, which spans four states and provides drinking water to 15 million people.
Several organizations have joined with PDE to sponsor the Scrub, including Bridgeton EmpowerCorps, First Presbyterian Church of Bridgeton, Cohansey Area Watershed Association, and the American Littoral Society.
For more information about the South Jersey Scrub, or to register for a cleanup, visit sjscrub.org. You can also call (302) 655-4990 x112 to be assigned to, and connect with, a cleanup captain.