Barnegat Bay Blitz 2024

Volunteer at a Blitz cleanup during Earth Week!

April 20th to April 27th

Barnegat High School students help cleanup Beverly Drive Park in Barnegat.

About the Blitz

Litter – it’s everywhere!  You see it on our streets, in our parks, on our shorelines, and in the water.  Blown by the wind on trash day, tossed out car windows, intentionally dumped – however it gets there, it’s an eyesore and bad for the environment.

The Barnegat Bay Blitz is an annual watershed-wide cleanup that brings together hundreds of volunteers with one goal in mind – keeping our land and water clean by removing litter from our neighborhoods. By removing bags, bottles, and butts to tires and larger items, Blitz volunteers make a difference!

Firestone volunteers at Island Beach State Park.

Volunteer for a Blitz Cleanup

Volunteer at one (or more!) of the cleanups happening throughout Ocean County during Earth Week. Use the list below to find a cleanup in your area, then email the Captain to sign up as a volunteer. The Captain will send you information, including where to meet, and provide a waiver/photo release form for you to sign. For cleanups by kayak or canoe, bring your own except where noted. Read our “Tips for Volunteers” for information about what to bring and wear and how to stay safe during a cleanup. 

Most captains are still in the planning phase, but feel free to reach out and ask about your desired cleanup. If you do not find a cleanup in your area and would like to request a specific area in need of one, refer to the Report a Trashy Site section below. We have a few individuals interested in hosting a cleanup that do not have a location determined.

LocationCleanup CaptainDate/TimeNotes
Barnegat LightLynda Jeanette April 26th
9AM – 1PM
Barnegat Lighthouse State Park
*Volunteer limit reached, please look for another clean-up!*
Barnegat TwpLauren KeltosApril 23rd
The Municipal Dock in Barnegat
427 E Bay Ave, Barnegat, NJ 08005
Will include trail side, wetlands, woods, a small section of bayside beach (depends on tide) and roadside areas.
BerkeleyCrystal PirozekApril 23rd
C&C Marina – 211 Sloop Creek Rd, Bayville, NJ 08721
Brick Raymond LeChienApril 27th
Riverwalk Refuge (40.0451093, -74.1016694)
Cattus Island County ParkN/AApril 22nd
9 – 11AM
Barnegat Bay Partnership Staff Cleanup
*Volunteer limit reached, please look for another clean-up!*
EagleswoodVictoria Vella &
Maria Van de Zilver
April 24th
Rain Date April 26th
10AM – 3PM
Kayak Cleanup of the Westecunk Creek; also land cleanup available for anyone that doesn’t want to kayak at Stafford Forge Wildlife Management Area.
**Bring your own Kayak (BYOK)**
Island HeightsTanara HallApril 20th
10AM – 1PM
Family-Friendly Event! Volunteers needed! Location TBD
LakewoodAmeriCorps NJ Watershed Ambassador
WMA 13 – Caroline McFarland
April 20th
Lake Shenandoah County Park – Water-based Cleanup! Canoes supplied, limited availability. Feel free to bring your own kayak, canoe, or SUP.
Register here:
LakewoodGraceanne TaylorApril 18th
Cedar Bridge Ave along Cotterals Branch.
Park at S Clover St, Lakewood, NJ 08701 in Lake Shenandoah parking lot near the food truck.
**18+ Cleanup Only**
Disclaimer: This cleanup is along a roadway. Yellow Safety vests will be supplied for street-side safety.
Register here:
Little Egg HarborKim Clark & Jim ArdoinApril 27th
9AM – 11AM
Pinelands Regional High School Bog Cleanup – be prepared to get muddy!
Long Beach TwpFrank McLauglin & Joe StefanoniApril 24th
Meet at Long Beach Township Field Station at 127 W. Osborn Ave in the Holgate portion of LBI.
ManchesterGabrielle FoxApril 21st
11AM -1 PM
Pine Lake, Lake Dr.
MantolokingEd O’MalleyApril 27th
Meet at the Patty Brand Memorial Garden on Bergen Avenue, near the bay, in Mantoloking.
PlumstedJeff MasonApril 24th
10AM – 2PM
Cleanup at the intersection of East Colliers Mill Road and Colliers Mill WMA. Wear long pants and bring tick spray!
Point Pleasant BoroughMatthew ScottApril 24th
Rain Date April 25th
Site 1: Community Park (2255 Bridge Ave, Point Pleasant) – parking lot on site. Small trail & perimeter of park.
Site 2: End of Bayberry Lane past Nellie F. Bennet Elementary School (approx. 1535 Bayberry Lane, Point Pleasant) – parking on Bayberry Lane
Site 3: Point Pleasant Canal Walk (Approx. 2100 River Road, Point Pleasant) – Parking on River Road
Site 4: Point Pleasant Fisherman Access (Approx. 738 Howe St, Point Pleasant) – Parking on Howe Street
Point Pleasant BeachJen FeltisApril 24th
Time TBD
Potential Locations:
1 – Little Silver Lake along Arnold Avenue
2 – Lake of the Lilies- St. Louis Avenue and Baltimore Avenue
3 -Inlet Drive by Manasquan Inlet
4 – Maryland Avenue Beach Area
*Volunteer limit reached, please look for another clean-up!*
Seaside HeightsLynette LurigApril 25th
10AM – 3PM
Sunset Beach – Bayfront and island cleanup.
*Volunteer limit reached, please look for another clean-up!*
Ship BottomMatt BernsteinApril 20th
12PM to 3PM
Family-Friendly Clean-up! Free food at Joe Pop’s Shore Bar & Restaurant from 1pm to 3pm. Cleaning up the beach and bayside nearby. Contact Matt for more information.
Surf CityPeter HartneyApril 26th
Time TBD
N. 23rd street to the bay.
Toms RiverCrystal PirozekMultipleContact Crystal for more information.
TuckertonAmeriCorps NJ Watershed Ambassador
WMA 14 – Melanie Thorn
April 21st
10AM – 1PM
120 W Main St, Tuckerton, NJ 08087
Volunteers will meet at the Hunting Shanty at the Tuckerton Seaport. We have 10 double kayaks available for volunteers to use along Tuckerton Creek. Volunteers may bring their own kayaks or canoes, but if you don’t have one there will be another clean-up at the end of Great Bay Blvd on the beach. 
Register Here:
Wall TwpAmeriCorps NJ Watershed Ambassador
WMA 12 – Charlene Kiley
April 20th
10AM – 1PM
Allaire State Park

You will need to sign a Liability & Photo Release waiver either prior to or the day of your cleanup. Click the button below to download the waiver AFTER you’ve contacted a Captain and secured a spot at a cleanup. You can download, fill out, and upload your waiver anytime before your cleanup, or you can fill it out on the day of. When uploading, please submit your waiver as a PDF or an image (.jpg, .png, etc.).

Report a Trashy Site

You are our eyes on the watershed. Do you know a location that needs a clean-up? Tell us about it!

Become a Blitz Sponsor

Interested in sponsoring the Blitz? Sponsors help with cleanup supplies, t-shirts for volunteers, refreshments, publicity, and more. Sponsor logos will be displayed on this site and on promotional materials. Contact Bailey Sanders at for more information.

Thank you to NJ Department of Environmental Protection and Ocean County Clean Communities for its ongoing support of the Blitz!
A special thank you to Richard and Karen Knudson of Barnegat Township for their generous sponsorship of the Blitz!

Click any of the icons in the map below to see the results of the 2023 Barnegat Bay Blitz!

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