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Barnegat Bay Blitz Deemed a Success

New Jersey residents helped clean bay watershed.

This week's Barnegat Bay Blitz proved a success, state officials said Friday.

Thousands of volunteers, including many from Southern Ocean County, gathered up and down the shores of the bay watershed to do their part to give the watershed a fall cleanup.

In Brick, volunteers included John Zingis whose group included several people who cleaned up a creek adjacent to the A.C. Moore store, as well as a Boy Scout troop whose members hauled trash out of a creek near the K-Mart store off Route 88.

"Once again, the enthusiasm out here is infectious," said state Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Bob Martin, who participated in cleanups in Toms River, Point Pleasant and Island Beach State Park's Sedge Island. "These volunteers, many of them students, truly care about the future of Barnegat Bay and are willing to do something about it. I commend each one of them for setting an example for everyone who lives and works in the bay's watershed to follow."

Volunteers came from all 37 municipalities in the 660-square-mile watershed, which encompasses 33 municipalities in Ocean County and four in Monmouth County. Scientists have pointed to overdevelopment, pollution and runoff, as well as other factors, for causing the bay to decline from its heyday as a home to an abundance of shellfish, finfish and seagrass species.

Martin said the cleanup effort, part of a ten-point plan endorsed by Gov. Chris Christie to improve the help of the watershed, results in trash being collected that could otherwise enter the bay through the discharge of stormwater.

The numbers aren't in from this week's event, though past Blitz efforts have made their mark on the bay. The May 2012 event included 6,800 volunteers who collected more than 3,200 bags of trash and recyclables, filling 40 dumpsters.

Sal Sorce October 21, 2012 at 04:47 PM
The clean up is an excellent but sad situation with regards to the disrepect so many area and non area visitors have for our treasure ... BARNEGAT BAY. I am particularly confused by facts that so many townships surrounding the Barneget Bay, near areas that have for many years have continued to allow building on our prescious estuarie, wetlands, trees, natural areas that in the past contributed to the life of our Barnegat Bay and more ... so many complain about their flooding, yet keep electing officials who can and have voted for development easements that have directly impacted on our lives and the cost of storm water management. Infrastructure costs that have directly impacted our taxes. The Blitz program is fantastic and a blessing ... but lets all try to make a diference where New Jersey in the future will not be the most littered state in the USA ... of course there are all the landfills that have been converted into develepment for LUXURY HOUSING and at a Tax Abatement or Affordable Tax discount ...

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