Barnegat Bay Blitz Deemed a Success

Brick residents, other, helped clean up bay watershed

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

Thousands of volunteers 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.

Tom Smetacumbes October 20, 2012 at 10:13 AM
I heard nothing about it. Perhaps it was just advertised in Brick. As a silverton resident ,Cub Scout leader of 2 Dens.Crabber and fisherman. I would of loved to help out and bring reinforcements.Perhaps next year we can get more wide spread awareness of the event. This would have covered a community service project for all scouts of all ranks which helps them earn requirements .Next year tag the Scout Councils. Tom S
YouthPastor October 20, 2012 at 11:35 AM
I really wish I heard about this too. I would have loved for my family to have beem able to help.
Alex W October 21, 2012 at 02:16 AM
John Zingis October 21, 2012 at 03:46 PM
Next years Blitz will be in May. I will reach out and contact Daniel Nee as soon as I get a date and/or any details. Thanks to everyone that helped out, especially the NJDEP who had organized the event county wide and coordinated refuse pick up with the municipalities. We'll do an even better job next year, Im sure.
Robert Marcolina October 25, 2012 at 12:10 PM
For anyone who wants to participate in the next Blitz. I was the captain for Brick during this past Blitz and will be again for the next. The first Blitz for next year will be scheduled sometime around Earth Day (Late April). if you are interested, call me, Bob Marcolina at (609)-633-7237 or email Robert.Marcolina@dep.state.nj.us


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