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Barnegat Bay Blitz

Phone: 973-656-4442 and 609-292-1273

Team Toms River works in Toms River, South Toms River, Beachwood, Pine Beach and Ocean Gate. If you are interested in volunteering in any of these locations contact the Captains above!

Cleanup at Cattus Island
On Sunday, April 29, 2012, the NJDEP teamed up with Starbucks, their partners, and the Cattus Island County Park staff to conduct a cleanup and restoration projects at the park. Approximately 300 volunteers helped to clean-up several areas of the park, spread mulch along hiking trails, plant dune grass to prevent erosion, restore the picnic area, cut invasive bamboo planted by a neighboring property owner, and educate children through activities at Cooper Environmental Center.

After a kick-off led by Kevin Horner, Starbucks District Manager, groups of volunteers split up to tackle their projects. The volunteer efforts ended around noon, when lunch was provided to the volunteers. Kevin Horner led a closing "Thank-You" to all the volunteers, and gave out prizes for the most unusual items found.

The following items were removed from the park:

  • Numerous plastic and glass bottles, lids, and food wrappers
  • Numerous Cigarettes/filters
  • Two shopping carts
  • Miscellaneous scrap metal and building materials
  • One mattress and pillow
  • Four balloons
  • Ten tires
  • 87 shotgun shells/wadding
  • 28 plastic straws/stirrers
  • 32 toys
  • 33 clothing items/shoes
  • Three 55-gallon drums
  • One beach umbrella

It was a beautiful day, and all of the volunteers had a great time. We can't thank Starbucks and their partners enough for participating in the Blitz!



Bayside Park in Ortley Beach
Christina Page
Phone: (609)633-8171

Thank you to all the DEP staff who braved the rain, poison ivy and slippery conditions in the wetlands behind Bayside Park in Ortley Beach. Tom Byrne, Debbie Esposti, Mike Dillon, Terry Beym, Michele Kropilak, Debbie Filipowicz, Linda Jordan, Judy Jengo and Mike Hutichson put a lot of energy into collecting 7 bags of trash and 4 bags recyclables, as well as wood and fishing debris. Also, thank you to Toms River Township for removing the collected trash.

p.s. The guys who drove the truck and loaded it with the trash said that the nice red truck was funded by the Clean Communities program.















Cleanup at Winding River Park
On Wednesday, May 9, 2012, the NJDEP teamed up with WAWA and NJDEP staff to conduct a cleanup at Winding River Park. A total of 13 volunteers helped to clean-up several areas of the park.

Nine bags of trash and eleven bags of recyclables were removed from the park, including:
  • Numerous plastic and glass bottles, lids, and food wrappers
  • Numerous Cigarettes/filters
  • Miscellaneous garbage

Cleanup at Jakes Branch County Park
On Wednesday, May 9, 2012, the NJDEP teamed up with MATES, Ocean County Park staff, and NJDEP staff to conduct a cleanup at the park. Approximately 45 volunteers helped to clean-up several areas of the park.

A total of three full bagsters of trash (approximately 10,000 pounds) were removed from the park, including:
  • Numerous plastic and glass bottles, lids, and food wrappers
  • Numerous Cigarettes/filters
  • Miscellaneous scrap metal and building materials
  • One mattress and one set of sheets
  • 4 cases of Corona Bottles (100 bottles)
  • 1 Balloon
  • A muffler
  • Garbage cans
  • An engine block
  • Perfume bottles
  • Piles of roof shingles

It was a rainy day, but all of the volunteers had a great time.















October 19, 2011 Blitz Recap:

I want to thank all of the volunteers, the NJDEP staff and the NJ Watershed Ambassadors that battled the wet weather to be a part of the Toms River cleanup team. I would like to extend a special thank you to the following people without whom the day would not have been possible.

  • Mayor Thomas F. Kelaher
  • Dorothy Alexander
  • The Toms River public works staff
  • Chris Claus, the staff and volunteers from Cattus Island County Park
  • Jane Kunka and the staff of United Water
  • Amanda Lotto, NJ Watershed Ambassador
  • Edward Day and students from Ocean County College

After a great multi-town kick off at Huddy Park hosted by Mayor Kelaher, the Toms River clean up team split up and were able to perform cleanups at several locations including Winding River Park, and Bay Lea Park. The results of the efforts from the volunteers at all of the clean up sites are astounding.

  • 535 lbs of trash
  • 50lbs of demolition debris
  • 140lbs of recycling
  • 6 bags of brush
  • 9 tires
  • A 20ft boat
  • 1 rug

Thank you again to all who participated in the first Barnegat Bay BLITZ. It is your efforts that made the day a huge success. When looking at the totals for the day it is amazing what you all did while battling the cold wind and rain…just think what we can accomplish on a sunny day.


The Huddy Park Kick-Off Ceremony

The kick off ceremony for the Toms River, Beachwood, Bayville, and South Toms River teams was held at the Huddy Park gazebo. Toms River's own Mayor Kelaher, and other township officials gathered to thank all those involved and express their concern for the overall health of the Barnegat Bay. Patricia Ingelido, Danielle Donkersloot, and Cindy Randazzo all spoke on behalf of the NJDEP. The department of public works introduced themselves and distributed any necessary equipment in which they had provided us with. The media coverage team also introduced themselves and took pictures from the morning ceremony throughout the day and into the closing event. The teams disbursed from the gazebo ready to brave the inclement weather and conquer the litter!















Winding River Park

Winding River Park clean up was located right inside the Rt. 37 entrance to the sports complex and riverside park area. This clean up was performed by NJDEP staff and AmeriCorps NJ Watershed Ambassadors. The interesting items found here were a set of four car tires, hypodermic needles, and various other car parts. The bathroom shelter, picnic area, playground, and wooded area along the road were all cleaned up by the end of the day!

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