NEWPORT, Del. — The Newport Rowing Club is best known for its competitive nature, but it also teaches teens to respect nature. That is why Head Coach, John Cohn looks forward to the annual Christina River Watershed Cleanup.
“We talk to our kids a lot about taking care of what we have and maximizing teamwork, so we’re thrilled to see everyone pitching in to clean up our home river,” said Cohn.
The cleanup will occur four weeks into the rowing season on Saturday, April 8, from 8 to 11 a.m. That is when volunteers will remove trash at 13 sites spanning New Castle County, from Christiana to downtown Wilmington.
Those who clean up the Christina River will improve it for children everywhere. On land this includes day campers at the DuPont Environmental Education Center and hikers with the Wilmington Trail Club. On the water, children will see their impact aboard the Kalmar Nyckel, Wilmington River Taxi, and Wilmington Youth Rowing Association.
“The Christina cleanup is often kids’ first exposure to community service, because it’s so easy and fun,” said Lisa Wool, outreach programs director at the Partnership for the Delaware Estuary. “We currently host the Riverfront Wilmington site, and there alone we’ve led groups from the Girl Scouts, Jawala Scouts, and the Tarbiya School; one year we even hosted the entire John Dickinson High School football team.”
Visit ChristinaRiverCleanup.org to register, or call (302) 307-2757. All volunteers need is long sleeves, pants, mosquito spray, and sunscreen. Waders or knee boots are also recommended at sites using boats.
Many organizations collaborate on the Christina River Watershed Cleanup. These include the Christina Conservancy, Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control, Partnership for the Delaware Estuary and others, as listed at ChristinaRiverCleanup.org.