COA has teamed-up with Raritan Valley Community College (RVCC) to spearhead a campaign to remove the appalling accumulation of litter washing-up on the tidal portions of the Delaware along the New Jersey shoreline. These extraordinary ‘hotspots’ of debris are unsightly and harmful to wildlife.
A preliminary assessment conducted in 2015 estimated that there are over 2.8 million pieces of debris. The areas are challenging and isolated, making them difficult to access, and challenging to address, which is likely why they are accumulating such large amounts of litter. If the areas are not managed, the debris will continue to float downstream, eventually washing into the sea where it will remain persistently harming and killing marine life.
Since cleanup events are important gateway experiences for advocacy, COA and students at the RVCC are bringing the Beach Sweeps to those ‘hotspots’ this coming Fall!
Be on the lookout for ways to help with this new cleanup effort at cleanoceanaction.org!