Contact: Melanie Rapp, DNREC Public Affairs, 302-739-9902
Volunteers needed April 13 and 14, 2012 for cleanup along St. Jones River on Dover Central Middle School grounds
Outdoor classroom will be developed
DOVER (March 19, 2012) –As part of a multi-year restoration project that will revitalize and restore the St. Jones River, volunteers are needed Friday, April 13 and Saturday, April 14, 2012 to help cleanup a portion of the river bank located on the grounds of the Central Middle School in Dover. Volunteers of all ages – service organizations, scout and youth groups and individuals – are encouraged to register for this cleanup project, held both days from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m., rain or shine.
Volunteers will work alongside staff from DNREC’s Watershed Assessment Section and members of the Dover Central Middle School Parent Teacher Organization. Volunteers will clear debris and brush along more than 1,200 feet of the river bank. Once the cleanup is completed, a stream restoration project that will reduce erosion and stormwater runoff will be initiated.
“DNREC and the City of Dover have been working for more than 5 years on revitalization and restoration of the St. Jones River and Silver Lake in Dover,” said Lyle Jones, environmental planner with DNREC’s Watershed Assessment Section. “This location will ultimately become an outdoor classroom that will enhance student learning and provide hands-on experiences for the students at Dover Central Middle School.”
Pre-registration is encouraged by April 11, 2012 by contacting Lyle Jones, at 302-739-9939 (weekdays from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m.) or Lyle.Jones@state.de.us. Youth under the age of 13 years must be accompanied by an adult. All volunteers must be willing to sign a release form to participate.
Volunteers will meet in the parking lot located on the east side of Dover Central Middle School on 211 Delaware Avenue. Beverages, tools and gloves will be provided, and volunteers should wear lace-up shoes or boots (no sneakers) and dress appropriately for the weather.
Funding for St. Jones River restoration and pollution control projects is made possible by federal grants obtained by DNREC’s Nonpoint Source Pollution program.
Dover’s Silver Lake Revitalization Project (including the St. Jones River) was recommended as part of a pollution control strategy developed by the St. Jones Tributary Action Team, a group of concerned citizens, property owners and scientists. The project, initiated in 2007, has included cleanup activities, stream restorations and planting events.
To learn more about efforts underway to reduce pollution in the St. Jones watershed, contact Lyle Jones at Lyle.Jones@state.de.us or visit PollutionControlandTributaryActionTeams.
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