Common trash makes up the majority of what eventually becomes marine debris, polluting our streams and rivers, bays, and oceans. To help address this problem, the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) started the Barnegat Bay Blitz, a watershed-wide clean-up event, in 2011.
The NJDEP continued to grow the Blitz every year since, with more and more volunteers helping to remove trash and litter from our watershed. This year, the Barnegat Bay Partnership is taking the lead on organizing the Blitz as the NJDEP expands its clean-up efforts to the Delaware River watershed.
Our goal for the 2019 Blitz is to have clean-up events throughout the Barnegat Bay watershed, and we need your help!
How to Help
Volunteer: The first step is to register as a Volunteer. Your information will be directed to the person who is coordinating a clean-up in your area (“Team Captain”), and the Captain will contact you with additional details about your local clean-up. Read “Tips for Volunteers” for information about what to bring and wear and how to stay safe during a clean-up.
Suggest Clean-up Locations: We’re looking for sites that need a clean-up. If you have suggestions, please email Karen Walzer at [email protected] or call her at 732-255-0472 x 2.
Become a Clean-up Captain: Interested in leading a clean-up? Contact Karen and let her know.
Volunteers still needed in the following towns. Please email the Blitz contact below for details, including date and time.
Barnegat Township contact: Lauren Keltos at [email protected]
Bass River contact: Naomi Jainarine at [email protected]
Beach Haven contact: James Sferra at [email protected]
Brick contact: Ray LeChien at [email protected]
Long Beach Township contact: Joe Stefanoni at [email protected]
Ortley Beach contact: Christine Page at [email protected]
Seaside Heights contact: Lynette Lurig at [email protected]
Toms River contact: Crystal Pirozek at [email protected]