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Barnegat Bay Blitz

October 19, 2011 Blitz Recap:

As Jackson is one of New Jersey's largest municipalities covering over 100 square miles, this clean-up event was organized through the hard work of many individuals, in several areas of the Township.

Jackson Community Clean-Up: Saturday October 15th

Over 15 volunteer groups of 10-15 volunteers each participated in cleaning at least one mile of roadway, filling as many as 20 bags of garbage / recyclables each. Additionally, large debris such as tires, mattresses and even a vacuum cleaner were collected. The clean-up activities were followed by a family fun day at Johnson Park, focusing on clean communities and environmental awareness. This event was attended by over 1000 residents. This event was one of many successful clean-up events held each year by the Clean Communities group in the Township. Many thanks go out to Township personnel Patricia Wood and Connie Sidor for organizing these events.

On the day of the Blitz, several cleanup groups worked through the rain to improve our waterways.

Colliers Mill Clean-Up Site

At this site a crew of 7 sailors from the Lakehurst Naval Base joined Assistant Commissioner John Plonski at the Colliers Mill Wildlife Preserve to clean up hunting and hiking trails throughout the preserve. The team collected 18 bags of trash, 12 bags of recyclables, multiple tires and a hot tube! The team covered over 6 miles of off-road trails throughout the day.

A special thanks to Lawrence Lemig, Lakehurst Naval Base Environmental Coordinator and the Volunteers from the Base for their hard work!

Roadway Clean-Up sites

Several Department staff members worked on removing trash along Don Connor Boulevard collecting 20 bags of trash and recyclables, tires and paint cans. Additionally, the Ocean County Department of Corrections assisted with the clean-up of over 5 miles of roadways including Cook Road, Hyson Rd, Larsen Rd, and East Veterans Boulevard. Our thanks go out to Lieutenant John Clark for assisting with this portion of the event.

Pleasant Grove Bog and the Forest Resource Education Center Sites

The clean-up activities at these sites were held on Friday the 19th due to the weather. The 23 mostly student volunteers at these sites collected over 17 bags of trash and recyclables as well as tires. Work also included pruning of trees and maintenance activities on existing trails. Our thanks go out to Terry O'Leary, Tom Stevens and the students of MATES for the time and efforts during these events.

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