adoptabeachBeach season is warming up and hopefully you have gotten the chance to get your feet a little sandy. Beaches get a huge amount of concentrated use during the summer season. Millions of people choose to make America’s beautiful beaches vacation destinations. With so many people flocking to the beach it is inevitable that the beach has trash buildup. Delaware has an innovative idea on how to keep their beaches clean for everyone!
Delaware’s Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC) has partnered with volunteers to create the Adopt-A-Beach program. The program strives to be more than litter pickup and aims to educate and inform citizens about the responsibilities of land stewardship.
DNREC has divided some of Delaware’s beaches into 1/2-mile sections. These 1/2-mile sections have been designated for the adoption program. If a beach is adopted, the volunteers must commit to cleaning the beach up to four times over a two-year period. Clean ups take place in the spring and fall each year.
DNREC provides trash bags, gloves and report forms that are to be sent back to DNREC.


For more information on Delaware’s Adopt-A-Beach Program click here!
Check in with the Town Hall or Municipal Building at your beach of choice; they may have clean up opportunities you can participate in. As always, throw your trash away at the beach!
Have you participated in a Beach Clean Up Day? Leave a comment below and share what it was like!

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