Clean up the Christina

The Christina River supplies 75 percent of the public water supply for residents and businesses in New Castle County, and Saturday, volunteers are gathering to clean it up.

Shirley Posey is the clean-up coordinator.

"That is our main goal to try to return the water to its original purity that it is. Make it as pristine as possible," says Posey.



The annual cleanup runs 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. at a dozen sites along the river and its tributaries.

"Every year, we collect about 17 tons of trash and we get between 700-800 volunteers. Banning Park and the Christina Marsh under 141 area, that's the two (sites) where we still need volunteers for," explains Posey.



Since the event began in 1992, more than 330 tons of tires and appliances and plastic have been taken out of the river, plus the White and Red Clay Creeks.

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