Litter is a big problem and the Atlantic County Clean Communities Program is planning to tackle it in a big way. The first County Wide Clean Up is set for the weekend of May 21 to 23 and hopes to include volunteers from all parts of the County.
“With over 119 groups having adopted 109 miles of County roadways, you might think that the problem of litter and its environmental impact on wildlife and waterways would be under control,” said ACUA President Richard S. Dovey. “However, a drive down many roadsides or a walk through most neighborhoods reveals the pervasiveness of the problem and makes clear the need to join together to combat it,” Dovey said.
Coordinated by the Atlantic County Utilities Authority‘s Clean Community’s program, the idea for a countywide clean up is taking off. The three day event will begin on Friday, May 21st with a focus on Atlantic City, where the 2010 Statewide Clean Communities Conference will take place the following week. Several sites including beaches and parks have been targeted for cleaning and local groups, schools and individuals are encouraged to contact the ACUA to sign up.
The following day, Saturday, May 22nd, Municipal Clean Communities Coordinators will be leading the effort with local adopt-a-road groups getting out clean up. To really have an impact, additional volunteers are needed in every town. The event offers a great opportunity to have an immediate, positive, visible impact in your local community. All the equipment needed will be provided, including bags, gloves and gabbers.
On Sunday, May 23rd, Linwood will hold its Patcong Creek Clean Up, with residents removing debris from this important waterway, by foot and by boat.
The 2010 State Clean Communities Conference will follow on May 26th- 28th with events scheduled at the Boardwalk Hall and Trump Marina in Atlantic City. This three day program brings students and local Clean Communities Coordinators from across the state together. The conference will feature the following:
1st Day: Kids Day. The conference will bring more than 3000 kids to the first day of conference (May 26th, 2010) from all over NJ.
- 2nd Day: Opening remarks at the Ocean Life Center in Atlantic City, followed by tours of the Jersey Atlantic wind farm at the ACUA’s Wastewater Treatment facility and the Coast Guard Station, with lunch in Brigantine and an awards ceremony and dinner at the Trump Marina.
- 3rd Day: Breakfast and conference wrap up.
Additional information on the clean ups and conference are available online at www.acua.com or by calling 609-272-6950.