Volunteer cleanups of Sandy Point State Park scheduled to help clear storm debris

Two volunteer cleanups are scheduled at Sandy Point State Park to clear large amounts of debris that washed up onto the beach and closed it to swimmers after last week’s rains, the Maryland Department of Natural Resources said Wednesday.

The cleanups are scheduled for Thursday and Saturday at 9 a.m., although volunteers may arrive whenever is convenient for them, the department said on Twitter.

Those planning to volunteer are asked to wear solid shoes, bring bug spray and fill out an online application beforehand. Gloves will be distributed to volunteers, and because all manner of unknown trash has washed up, officials are not allowing children younger than 7 years old to participate.

The debris washed up this week, largely from the Susquehanna River, where officials raised crest gates at the Conowingo Dam to keep it from being overwhelmed with rainwater — releasing tons of trash, logs, sediment and other detritus into the Chesapeake Bay.



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