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Barnegat Bay Blitz

May 9, 2012: We had about 40 people working in 7 areas.

We used two park boats, one sedge pontoon boat, and the Re-Clam the Bay boat + 6 kayaks from the Jersey Shore Sea Kayak Association.

Trash= 73 bags; recycling = 29 bags.
- 10 tires, one 12' wooden boat hull, 1 lawn chair and one crab pot.

October 19, 2011 Blitz Recap:

Jim Merritt was "team captain" for the Sedge Island MCZ.. The weather was uncomfortable that day, and the strong winds made our effort even more of a struggle. We had volunteers from several groups as well as a number of individuals (about 20 total). Several DEP people, including Assistant Commissioner Marilyn Lennon, Kerry Kirk Pflugh from the Commissioner's office and IBSP Naturalist, Pat McCarthy, worked with us. We used the Sedge dock at A-21 as the staging area. IBSP Superintendent Pitchel arranged to have a truck in the lot where we could dump the trash. Folks from the Jersey Shore Sea Kayak Association launched at the dock, paddled north, got out of their boats, and walked the shoreline picking up trash that had accumulated on the marsh. They went almost all the way to Johnny Allen's Cove. ReClam the Bay volunteers used two power boats to ferry the trash to the A-21 dock. I took the Sedge pontoon out to the island and we worked several hours but it got too windy to continue. We all quit at about noon as the weather continued to worsen. Still, we filled the dump truck with stuff we collected. Our best/largest item was an 8' pram.

Jim also coordinated the Blitz in South Seaside Park. When it became obvious that the week day date was not going to work for many people, we scheduled two independent clean-ups. ReClam the Bay volunteers walked the shoreline of the cove just south of the IBSP Marina. We collected a pile of stuff, left it near the upweller tank, which was removed by IBSP maintenance staff. On the weekend after the Blitz, Dominic Solatzo got together a small group of South Seaside Park residents to pick up trash along the shore of Roberts Ave. marsh. We left a fairly large pile of trash and a lot of lumber in the parking lot of the dock at 14th Avenue, which was removed by municipal workers from Seaside Park.

Many are eager (yes EAGER) to do it again. I think we can collect even more trash this Spring.

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