- Below are data from two past Blitz's.
- Findings and photos for local cleanups are available (by town) by using the map at the Blitz Homepage.
May 9 Barnegat Bay Blitz is another Watershed-wide Success!
DEP Commissioner Bob Martin, senior management, staff and the Barnegat Bay Blitz sponsors extend their sincerest thanks to all of the schools, municipalities, groups and businesses that participated in the spring Barnegat Bay Blitz on (or around) May 9.
This spring’s Barnegat Bay Blitz was even more extensive and effective than the inaugural Blitz that was held last October. Despite battling a second Blitz experience of rain and wind, almost 4,400 volunteers (2,000 more than last October) participated in over 200 cleanups in the watershed’s 37 municipalities. The corps of volunteers was diverse and included students, teachers, employee from the public and private sectors, environmentalists and retired citizens.
The statistics below showcase some of the results from the past two Blitz experiences:
Bags of Trash & Recyclables:
May, 2012 ... 1,895
Oct., 2011 ... 1,306
May, 2012 ... 20+14 Bagsters
Oct., 2011 ... 3+3 Dump Trucks
School Participation: |
May, 2012 ... 40
Oct., 2011 ... 17
May, 2012 ... 20
Oct., 2011 ... 6
Unusual finds from the May, 2012 Blitz: Volunteers collected 279 tires, found 100 televisions and helped to identify 14 illegal solid waste dump sites. <
DEP also added a “Tier 2” layer of activities to the May Blitz that produced great results! Twenty employees from six consulting companies worked with state and local officials to assess streams, identify stormwater basins and map outfall pipes. Volunteers visually assessed 34 lakes in the watershed and their data helped formalize DEP’s new Lake Watch Program.
Unusual finds from the October, 2011 Blitz: Volunteers found hub caps, computer components, bikes, televisions, a car muffler and dashboard, a hot tub, and a small dinghy.