Over 60 people turned out to clean the banks of the Shark River on Saturday October 24th. Groups included environmental clubs from St. Rose High School, Neptune High School, members of the Neptune Lions club, the Neptune Rescue and Recover dive team, boat owners, families, and other SRCC supporters. Over 75 bags of garbage, including plastic bottles, aluminum cans, plastic ware, Styrofoam, plastic bags, food and candy wrappers, wood and logs, shoes, tires, fishing equipment, beach chairs, metal, construction material and other debris were collected. The biggest pollution offender by far was cigarette butts.
Neptune City Mayor Bob Brown addressed the volunteers about the upcoming dredging project and the importance of continuing to find funding to dredge and/or remediate other areas of the river such as Memorial Park beach and Campbell’s boatyard. Neptune City mayoral candidate Pamela Renee and Assembly candidate Joanne Downey also assisted/attended the river cleanup to show support for the Shark River. The cleanup was held in collaboration with the Clean Ocean Action statewide beach sweeps campaign.
After a kick-off breakfast at Memorial Park, cleanup volunteers returned for a noon time BBQ to report their finds and further discuss solutions to saving the Shark River.
Check out some of the pictures below!