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DPNR asks for Volunteers for Downtown Cleanup

October 30th,2017 – Commissioner Dawn L. Henry Esq., of the Department of Planning and Natural Resources is pleased to announce that Division of Coastal Zone Management in conjunction with the Virgin Islands Marine Advisory Service (VIMAS) will lead a much-needed cleanup of downtown Charlotte Amalie on Saturday, November 4th at 8 a.m.

“I think it’s imperative for our community to realize that everything we do affects our coastal zone. I’m looking forward to joining forces with the Charlotte Amalie community and encourage residents and businesses to come out on Saturday and help keep Charlotte Amalie clean,” said Commissioner Henry.

Volunteers are being asked to meet at the My Brother’s Workshop Bakery at 8AM with a refillable water bottle. From there, groups will be directed to different parts of town with the most debris in order to make the biggest impact on the streets of Charlotte Amalie.

“Our main goal is to remove any debris to help maintain the aesthetic quality and environmental health of the Charlotte Amalie area. It’s important to get this debris off the streets before it reaches the waterfront and into our coastal habitats”, stated Coordinator of VIMAS, Howard Forbes, Jr.

Volunteers will be provided with cleaning supplies such as gloves, trash bags, and water to drink but are asked to bring refillable water bottles and use reef safe sun protection. After the clean-up, My Brothers Workshop Bakery will be providing lunch to all cleanup volunteers.

For more information, contact Kristina K. Edwards, Education & Outreach Coordinator of the Division of Coastal Zone Management at kristina.edwards@dpnr.vi.gov.

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