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2007 Christina River Cleanup to Be Held April 14

April 04, 2007

Volunteers are needed for the 16th Annual Christina River Cleanup, set for 8 a.m. to noon Saturday, April 14 along the banks of the Christina River and several of its tributaries including Naamans Creek and Churchmans Marsh in New Castle County.

Why participate? The Christina River Watershed provides 75 percent of the public water supply for residents and businesses in New Castle County, so a solid effort is needed annually to keep each of the waterways as free from debris as possible. Since the cleanup began in 1992, Cleanup coordinator Shirley Posey estimates that approximately 320 tons of trash has been collected, including tires, appliances, household items and truckloads of recyclable materials such as plastic and styrofoam.

More than 11,000 volunteers have given their time at past cleanups to collect tires and trash at 11 locations including the City of Wilmington, Churchmans Marsh at Christina and Newport, White Clay Creek State Park, Dayett Mills, Brookhaven Park and the Wilmington Riverfront. Businesses, civic groups, families and individuals are among the volunteers.

“I'm personally asking all adults to set a good example for younger generations by volunteering to help clean up trash and ultimately restore the health of the Christina River,” Posey said. “Kids learn by example, so let's set a good one.”

Recommended apparel for volunteers includes brightly colored clothing, long sleeves and pants, boots or water resistant shoes, hats, heavy duty gloves, insect repellent and sunscreen. Waders or hip boots are suggested for some sites. Children 12 years of age and under are required to wear life jackets when on a boat.

The rain-or-shine event is primarily sponsored by the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control, and the Christina Conservancy. Corporate sponsors of the 2007 cleanup include Artesian Water Company, AstraZeneca, Conectiv Energy, New Castle County Council, Noramco, Partnership for the Delaware Estuary, Rohm and Haas, United Water Delaware and various additional agencies, businesses and organizations in Delaware.

To register, or for more information, including a list of locations with directions, visit, or call 302-838-1897. Each participant will receive a free t-shirt.

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