NAPS Launches Flotilla for Creek and Bay Cleanup (w/slideshow)
With clear skies and calm seas, 50 student and adult volunteers participated in the 2018 NAPS Creek Cleanup on Sunday, September 30.
After a lunch for all participants at Ingram Bay Marina, six skiff captains shoved off with cleanup teams to remove boatloads of trash and recyclables from the shorelines near the mouth of the Great Wicomico River.
The teams tackled nearly 25 miles of shoreline along Ingram Bay, Dameron Marsh, Barnes Creek, Mill Creek, Towles Creek and Harveys Creek. The catch was boated back to the marina to be unloaded and sorted. Hundreds of bottles and cans were removed from the waterways and shoreline, plus furniture, a plastic pool liner, old crab traps and oyster floats, pounds of scrap metal, and various other trash.
NAPS added a new competitive twist this year: Prizes to the team with the largest total haul, largest single item, and most unusual item (see slideshow at bottom of article). In addition, each registered participant was awarded a t-shirt and a NAPS reusable grocery bag.
As a safety precaution, a 3-man volunteer crew from Smith Point Sea Rescue – Captains Jim Dise, David Haynie, and Don Stone – stood watch aboard the Rescue II.