Great Egg Harbor River Watershed Ambassador Dylan O’Brien.


ATLANTIC CITY – The little peninsula that juts into the wetlands on the corner of North Annapolis and West End Avenues got a much-needed cleanup on Veterans Day. Stockton students and other volunteers swept the area to remove illegally dumped trash and litter from the fragile wetlands.

Veteran Charles Sanatore and his wife Ellie came out for the Veterans Day cleanup.

The much needed cleanup yielded 16 bags of trash, 12 bags of recyclable material, two tires, two flat screen TVs, a bedroom dresser, piles of illegal dumped trash, yard waste, fish netting and a large bag of asbestos house siding.

This cleanup was one of four November “Turkey Time” cleanups sponsored by the Atlantic County Utilities Authority and the AmeriCorps NJ Ambassador Program.

Other cleanups included Malibu Beach, known as “Dog Beach” in Egg Harbor Township, Hammonton Lake Park and a stretch of shoreline on Absecon Bay in Absecon.

Dylan O’Brien, the new Great Egg Harbor River Watershed Ambassador, wanted to introduce himself to the community by conducting a series of shoreline cleanups.

A Watershed Ambassador serves a 10-month internship that performs stream assessments, monitors stream health and provides educational opportunities to schools and the community. Some of the other duties in the past were rain barrel workshops, demonstrations of how a watershed works and descriptions of the effects of water runoff and how it affects the ecosystem.

The ACUA serves as the host agency for the Great Egg Harbor Watershed area Ambassador. Together they plan events and provide free educational opportunities to the public.

O’Brien will host a virtual meet-and-greet Coffee House 6 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 2 where he will introduce himself and describe the watershed program and the opportunities it offers. This program is free and open to the public.

To register, contact Dylan O’Brien at

Nanette LoBiondo Galloway

Award winning journalist covering news, events and people of Atlantic County for more than 20 years.