Volunteers needed for Inland Bays Cleanup on June 8 and 22
MASSEY’S LANDING (May 10, 2013) – DNREC’s Division of Fish and Wildlife Enforcement Section, along with the Dewey Beach Lions Club, the Center for the Inland Bays and DNREC’s Division of Parks and Recreation, are seeking volunteers and working boats for the Ninth Annual Cleanup of the Inland Bays, which will be held on two Saturdays in June.
This year, the first cleanup will take place from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, June 8 at Massey’s Landing Public Boat Ramp at the end of Long Neck Road. Cleanup efforts will focus on the Rehoboth Bay and Indian River Bay areas.
A second cleanup day is scheduled for Little Assawoman Bay from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, June 22, with volunteers meeting at Mulberry Landing Public Boat Ramp at the Assawoman Wildlife Area just southwest of Bethany Beach.
Volunteers should dress to get dirty and be prepared for cooler conditions on the water as well as wet walking conditions on land. Rubber boots are also suggested. Those who have access to lifejackets should bring one, as they are required on boats. Otherwise, lifejackets will be provided. This event is not recommended for children under the age of 10.
Last year’s event drew 75 volunteers who collected 2,650 pounds of debris, including soda bottles and cans, tires, derelict crab pots and a lot of plastic. A large construction dumpster was donated and filled by the end of the day.
“With this event, we are continuing our public outreach on behalf of the Division of Fish and Wildlife Enforcement Section, Delaware State Parks, the Center for the Inland Bays and our Enforcement volunteers. We hope that through activities such as the cleanup, people using the Inland Bays will pause long enough to make decisions that benefit these beautiful waterways,” said Sgt. Nicholas Couch of Fish and Wildlife Enforcement.
E.J. Chalabala, Delaware Center for the Inland Bays, added that this year, the operators of the first 20 boats registered for the June 8 cleanup day will receive $20 VISA gift cards. “We need as many boats helping out this year as possible, and hope this gift will serve as an incentive,” Chalabala said.
Volunteers are encouraged to sign up in advance, as lunch and t-shirts will be provided. To volunteer or for more information, please contact E.J. Chalabala, Delaware Center for the Inland Bays, at 302-226-8105 or by email at email@example.com.
DSF will be there as well, please come out and help if you can, it would be most appreciated. This is a necessary clean up that unfortunately is not done more often. The Indian River inlet and some of our beaches need some serious attention. In most cases this is trash that has washed into our waterways, but sometimes it is from the people that are using our parks and facilities. Please remember most public areas are carry in and carry out.
I was added to a group page on Facebook in March, The 2013 Great Delaware Kayak Tour. Jeff Wildonger has invited you to his group page was the notification. I was intrigued, knowing Jeff’s affinity for the Delaware River and Bay. In past conversations he refers to the area as his church. I contacted him and asked if there was anything DSF could do to help. He was planning on kayaking the entire
Delaware coast from PA to Fenwick Island. I mentioned he could do this to raise money for a charity, as well as increase awareness of the environmental conditions in the Delaware River and Bay. I wanted to accompany him on this journey, I knew he would need a chase vehicle, and supplies. Jeff has dreamed of making this trip a reality for some time now, and I am glad we can help. He plans on an 8 day excursion following the tides south …
Day 1: PA Line to Delaware City 19.8 Miles
Day 2: Delaware City to Woodland Beach 20.5 Miles
Day 3: Woodland Beach to Port Mahon 12.5 Miles
Day 4: Port Mahon to Bennett’s Pier 10.9 Miles
Day 5: Bennett’s Pier to Broadkill Beach 17 Miles
Day 6: Broadkill Beach to Cape Henlopen 9.7 Miles
Day 7: Cape Henlopen to 3 R’s or Coin Beach 11.6 Miles
Day 8: 3R’s or CB to Fenwick Island MD Border 11 Miles
Trip Total : Approximately 113 Miles!!!
I asked Jeff what made him interested in doing this trip ….
At 16 I fell in love with the Delaware Coast. With the new found freedom of a driver’s license, I was able to explore almost every inch of it. After each excursion, I would carefully study a USGS map of the area that I had just visited. There were always places I couldn’t get to on foot that piqued my interest, so with little hesitation and no experience I bought a kayak. My all-time favorite area of Delaware to explore is the land around Woodland Beach and with a kayak, there was nothing out of reach. I quickly covered nearly every creek, gut, and ditch within a day’s paddle from Woodland Beach that first year. I enjoyed the marshes and back bays for their serenity but the rush of paddling the Delaware Bay is what hooked me. I have long envisioned that the ultimate kayak trip in Delaware was to paddle the outer coast in its entirety over the course of several days. Along the way I would have the opportunity to document the beauty of Delaware’s coast and also see its ugly side. I anticipated camping along the way and having depots were I would store supplies and pick them up along the journey. After careful course plotting and reviewing tidal, lunar and historical wind data, I decided to attempt this trip on June 21, 2013. After posting a Facebook page announcing this to friends and asking for some help with logistics, the kind folks at Delaware-surf-fishing.com offered to help me out with all the logistics for this trip. DSF asked if I was doing this for charity and if I was, they offered coordinate the fund drive. I was blown away! Not only would I get to finally scratch this off my bucket list, but I could raise money for a good cause. It didn’t take me long to pick the Justin W. Jennings Foundation as the beneficiary. I had gone to school with Justin and played little league baseball with him as a kid. Justin was diagnosed with cancer in 1998 and after a long, brave battle; he succumbed to the disease on June 25, 2000. In memory of Justin and his lifelong desire to help others, Justin’s Beach House was founded. It is a place where families with cancer can have a place of respite and enjoy some family fun time away from doctors and hospitals.
Jeff it is my pleasure to help anyway we can, and I am looking forward to this trip. If anyone would like to donate to Justin’s Beach house on behalf of the The 2013 Great Delaware Kayak Tour just click on this link. We are also offering space on the kayak for sponsor stickers, and these are filling up fast, please send me an email for any interest sponsoring this trip, use the contact link at the top right of this page. All costs are being covered by DSF and Jeff personally. All monies collected are being donated to Justin’s Beach House. You will be able to follow the progress of Jeff’s trip via his Facebook page and DSF’s page as well. I will have daily updates posted as we move down the coast of Delaware on DSF’s website. We have a few other cool things we are doing for this trip that will be announced as we near the launch date.
From DNREC ……
Northwest portion of Love Creek, a tributary of Rehoboth Bay, closed to shellfish harvesting
REHOBOTH BEACH (May 16, 2013) – Effective immediately, the northwest portion of Love Creek, a tributary of Rehoboth Bay, is closed to all commercial and recreational shellfish harvesting. DNREC Secretary Collin O’Mara signed the Secretary’s Order after routine water quality sampling of shellfish harvesting areas in and around Love Creek found an increase in the level of an indicator bacteria in these waters. NOTE: Shellfish include clams, oysters and mussels; the harvest of crabs is not affected by this closure.
The affected waters are monitored for total coliform, an indicator of potentially harmful bacteria and viruses. Clams, oysters and mussels are filter feeders and can accumulate bacteria, viruses and other pollutants. The risk of illness from contaminated shellfish is much greater than other seafood, because they are frequently eaten raw. However, even cooking does not eliminate the risk of illness from consumption of tainted shellfish.
The shellfish harvesting closure area includes the northwest portion of Love Creek beginning near where Love Creek and Arnell Creek meet to just south of Boathouse Lane. The coordinates for the closure area include: 380 41’ 21.14” N, -750 8’ 2.74” W and 380 40’ 59.85” N, -750 8’ 22.33” W.
The Department is still investigating to determine the precise cause of the deterioration of water quality at Love Creek.
DNREC’s Shellfish Program performs shoreline surveys as part of its public health protection activities. Staff surveys all properties adjacent to shellfish harvesting areas and documents potential sources of contamination. Although a small number of septic systems were identified as potential sources, these systems alone could not possibly contribute enough bacteria to cause the significant increase detected by DNREC.
Based upon clam surveys conducted by Shellfish Program staff, the clam population in the portion of Love Creek now closed is not sufficient to support a commercial or recreational harvest. However, the downstream portions of Love Creek and Rehoboth Bay are very productive clamming areas and will be sampled often and with increased vigilance given the nearby increase in levels of indicator bacteria. DNREC’s Watershed Assessment and Management Section Shellfish Program will continue to monitor water quality in the area to protect public health.
The Secretary’s Order on the shellfish harvesting area closure at Love Creek can be found on the DNREC website.