The Delaware Department of Natural Resources, the Nanticoke Watershed Alliance, the city of Seaford and Friends of the Nanticoke River are seeking volunteers to pick up trash from 9 to 11:30 a.m. Sept. 21 at Williams Pond as part of DNREC’s annual Delaware Coastal Cleanup.

Now in its second year, the Williams Pond cleanup is part of DNREC’s Reclaim Our River program, acting as a reminder that the ocean is always downstream. ROR is a partnership between DNREC, the Nanticoke Watershed Alliance, Delaware Nature Society’s Abbott’s Mill Nature Center, Blades and Seaford. The program offers a series of monthly activities that support clean waterways and educate residents on techniques to improve water quality.

Williams Pond empties into the Nanticoke River near Nanticoke Memorial Hospital. Removing trash from the pond and near the park improves water quality, wildlife habitat and overall health of the ecosystem.

Volunteers can join teams collecting trash from the shoreline and streets. Registered volunteers will receive a free lunch provided by the city. The group will meet at Soroptimist Park to sign in and receive supplies, such as gloves and trash bags.

For more on this event, visit nanticokeriver.org/coastalcleanup2019, call 443-944-1175 or email bethwasden@nanticokeriver.org.

For more about the 2019 Delaware Coastal Cleanup, which will be held statewide Sept. 14, visit de.gov/coastalcleanup.