The 32nd annual Delaware Coastal Cleanup, to be held from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Sept. 14. Sponsored by the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control, the cleanup spans the First State’s 97-mile eastern coastline and includes river and ocean shorelines as well as wetland and watershed areas. This year, volunteers will focus on more than 45 sites in New Castle, Kent and Sussex counties for cleanup. In 2018, despite a weather-related delay, more than a thousand volunteers collected 2.7 tons of trash and recyclables from 42 sites along more than 68 miles of Delaware’s waterways and coastline.

Delaware SkillsUSA Officers, along with Delaware Technology Student Association Officers, arrived at the Woodland Beach Wildlife Area/Ramp/Road along the Delaware Bay, to participate and assist in cleanup efforts. Among the items found were paper products, glass, plastic bottles, phone charger pieces, fishing hook, plastic bags and Styrofoam shipping pieces. Items found belong in the trash and not among wildlife or in the environment.

Upon completing their task at hand, the officers took time for a group photo and saw a drone situated next to a fisherman.  When asked, the fisherman told the officers he uses the drone to cast his line further than he can throw it himself.  A creative solution to an everyday action along the bay.