NJ DEP: Commissioner Martin to Join Thousands in Fourth Barnegat Bay Blitz; Spring Edition of Watershed Cleanup First Since Sandy Hit New Jersey


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TRENTON - On Friday, May 10, Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Bob Martin will join thousands of local schoolchildren, residents and businesses in the fourth installment of the DEP's Barnegat Bay Blitz.

This edition of the watershed-wide trash and debris cleanup has taken on special meaning as it is the first blitz to be held since Superstorm Sandy pounded the Barnegat Bay region at the end of October. Some events will entail removal of Sandy-related debris and dune restoration in addition to typical litter and debris cleanups

Volunteers are coming from all over the state and the 37 municipalities in the 660-square-mile watershed, which encompasses 33 municipalities in Ocean County and four in Monmouth County. The bay is suffering from degraded water quality caused by many factors, including excessive algae growth caused by nutrients from fertilizers and other sources.

The event will run from 8:30 a.m. to around dusk. It will be held rain or shine.

The following is Commissioner Martin's itinerary:

* 8:30 a.m. Opening remarks, Surf City Municipal Boat Ramp, on Barnegat Bay at the end of Division Avenue. Attending will be students from the MATES Academy at Ocean County College, the Southern Regional Middle School and Ethel Jacobson Elementary School, local residents.

* 9:30 a.m. Cleanup of marshland impacted by Sandy debris adjacent to the Long Beach Island Foundation of the Arts and Sciences, 120 Long Beach Boulevard, Loveladies.


* 10:45 a.m. Planting grass and shrubs on dunes impacted by Sandy, 36th Street and the oceanfront, Brant Beach.

More than 11,300 volunteers have participated since the first Barnegat Blitz in May 2011, collecting thousands of bags of trash and filling dozens of dumpsters and dump trucks with a wide assortment of trash and debris.

The DEP is the core organizer of the Barnegat Bay Blitz, providing staff captains who work with the local community to identify cleanup locations and coordinate local volunteers. Captains are also in charge of event-day logistics.

Reporters are welcome to contact staff captains to coordinate local cleanup stories. Team captain contact numbers and other information about the Barnegat Bay Blitz can be found at:
www.nj.gov/dep/barnegatbay/bbblitz.htm

For additional help, contact the DEP's press office. For assistance the day of the event, contact the Press Office or the Press Officers at the numbers listed on this advisory.

For information on the Governor's Barnegat Bay Comprehensive Restoration Plan, visit: www.state.nj.us/dep/barnegatbay/

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