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Barnegat Bay Blitz


    Team Captains: John Ritchey and Jay Springer
    Phone: 609-984-0209 and 609-341-3122
May 9, 2012: Brendan Byrne State Forest

A team of 14 volunteers representing and consisting of DEP employees, the United States Coast Guard and local stakeholders cleaned up an area of Brendan T. Byrne State Forest that was an old camp site along Deep Hollow Road around Deep Hollow Pond. This area, due to its remaining loop access road, had become a target for illegal dumping. Volunteers removed 20 bags of trash, 10 bags of recyclables, 20 tires, a couch, a recliner, a television and enough other debris to fill a large dumpster. After the cleanup, employees of Brendan T. Byrne State Forest used fallen trees and timbers to block off the old loop road to impede the use of this area in the future for illegal dumping.

May 9, 2012: Manchester Twp

An all DEP team consisting of a total 8 volunteers, including Administrator for Water and Land Use Enforcement Marcedius Jameson, cleaned up several areas around town including the Pine Lake Park and clubhouse area on the eastern end of the lake, the area along a tributary stream to the Toms River off Green Acres Road, and the wooded area along the Pop Warner football fields and Ridgeway Road where much of the trash appears to come from careless people littering out of the passing cars.

We collected a large amount of trash and recyclables consisting of bottles and cans, plastic shopping bags and etc. The Manchester Twp DPW collected the trash bags at the end of the day. Manchester Twp also included a second team working in Brendan Byrne State Forest lead by Team Captain Jay Springer.

October 19, 2011 Blitz Recap:

I would like to thank the following folks for their participation/cooperation with the Barnegat Bay Blitz:

  • Gary T. Sylvester, Supervising Engineer, Manchester Department of Public Works
  • Robert W. Rodriguez, Superintendent, Brendan T. Byrne State Forest and several employees.
  • Lawrence Lemig, Lakehurst Naval Base Environmental Coordinator and the Volunteers from the Base
  • John Wohlrab, Waste Management of NJ
  • NJDEP Employees AC Jane Kozinski, Administrator Marcedius Jameson, Peter Keledy and Jenifer Ledesma.

In Manchester we concentrated our efforts in two different areas identified to collect trash and are accessible by foot. 1) Pop Warner field, particularly the wooded area between Rt 571 and the field 2) Pine Lake Park, particularly the area aound the footbridge over the splillway and the trail leading from the footbridge. Four DEP employees worked in Manchester picking up 9 bags of trash (consisting mostly of cups, cans and bottles), two tires and a large sign which were picked up by the Twp. DPW. We also identified a significant need for cleanup of a dump site in the wooded trails of Brendan T. Byrne State Forest (portions of the State Forest property extend into Manchester). The Lakehurst volunteers, State Forest employees and one other DEP volunteer employee cleaned up a large nusiance dump site which included a boat. A dumpster donated by Waste Management was filled.

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