Volunteers help clean the waterways

By Gianna Banner 3:39pm, April 6, 2013 - Updated 12:39pm, April 7, 2013
WDEL's Gianna Banner has the story.
Styrofoam, tires, appliances, plastic, and household items are found daily in Delaware's waterways.

On Saturday, several volunteers gathered at a dozen sites throughout New Castle County for the 22nd annual Christina River Watershed Cleanup.

The Cleanup began in 1992, and this year people offered their services at sites, including Naamans Creek, Fox Point, Riverfront, Banning Park, and White Clay Creek.

Shirley Posey, the Christina River Watershed Cleanup Coordinator, believes many people registered to cleanup around the county, but didn't show up because of construction that shut down I-95.

But traffic didn't keep the Islamic Society of Delaware from coming to the event for the sixth year.

Vaqar Sharief, who helped at Banning Park, told WDEL about the importance of cleaning up the environment.

"I mean this is an annual thing, and the way we feed the trash into our waterways and in the woods, I think this should be maybe a twice-a-year-thing, not just once a year," said Sharief, "There should be more attention paid to this, more focus because this is very important for our future generations."

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Since the Christina River Watershed provides 75-percent of New Castle County's public water supply, there's no wonder why the clean-up is necessary.

Many volunteers also used this time to spend with their families. Ingrid Newman, who was with her family of five tells WDEL what the experience means to her.

"Family bonding, doing something good for the community, I wanted them to volunteer and learn what it's like to help other people without any benefit of money," said Newman.

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Participants who helped out this year received a 2013 Christina River Watershed T-shirt. Daniel Cortes, a junior from Delcastle, created the logo.

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