Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control Secretary Shawn Garvin encouraged volunteers to sign up for the DNREC-sponsored 27th annual Christina River Watershed Cleanup along the river and several tributaries, set for 8 to 11 a.m. April 14.

The annual cleanup will be held rain or shine. For the second year, the city of Newark site will hold its Spring Community Clean Up in conjunction with the Christina River Cleanup.

For a complete list of cleanup sites and to register for volunteering, visit christinarivercleanup.org or call 307-2757. Volunteers are encouraged to sign up for one of the 14 sites as soon as possible so adequate supplies can be provided to each site captain. For safety and efficiency, volunteers are encouraged to wear long sleeves and pants, boots or water-resistant shoes, hats, heavy-duty gloves, sunscreen and insect repellant. Waders or hip boots are helpful for the city of Wilmington, Newport Boat Ramp and Churchman’s Marsh-Christiana sites. Due to insurance requirements, volunteers younger than 16 must have adult supervision. All participants must wear a life jacket while on board any boat.

As a thank you, volunteers will receive a Christina River Watershed Cleanup reusable tote bag, perfect for shopping trips, featuring a blue variation of Ramiro Lopez-Villalobos' design for this year’s cleanup logo. The first 500 volunteers will also receive water bottles donated by KCI Technologies. The Delaware Department of Transportation will be providing various giveaways for younger volunteers. Water and a variety of refreshments will be provided at all locations.

For more, visit dnrec.delaware.gov.