Photos of the "Beginning"

Kent Island Beach Cleanups in it's infancy (2012-2014)
Photo Op
Photo Op

Volunteers - getting ready for our photo op for the Bay Times Newspaper

Volunteer sign in table
Volunteer sign in table

Younger Volunteers
Younger Volunteers

These guys have been with us since the beginning, and really enjoy coming to our cleanups! And we enjoy having them too!

Photo Op
Photo Op

Volunteers - getting ready for our photo op for the Bay Times Newspaper

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April 2014
Terrapin Beach Park Cleanup
 

Our biggest turnout at the time, we had over 55 volunteers, and collected over 100+ bags of garbage! We were happy to see so many of our returning volunteers from 2012, and excited to meet many new volunteers. What an amazing cleanup! 

 
Halfway done...
Halfway done...

Some of our awesome volunteers mid-way through the cleanup!

Trash stinks!
Trash stinks!

Weathered signs...
Weathered signs...

One of the only signs warning visitors of some of the laws at Terrapin! They are all broken on a daily basis!

Halfway done...
Halfway done...

Some of our awesome volunteers mid-way through the cleanup!

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August 2013 Terrapin Beach Park Cleanup

 

Over 20 volunteers and 500 lbs of debris collected in less than 3 hours! We also had some special people come out and help out: Mark Dignen, for taking our professional photos, Keri-Ann Southworth from American Waste & Recycling for providing the trash and recycling cans as well as trash pick up, Will Clark and his family, Founders of Friends of KI Parks, the ladies from Kent Island Upscale Yardsale, State Delegate, Stephen Hershey and his wife, and Geri Schlenoff, Maryland Coordinator for the Ocean Conservancy's International Coastal Cleanup 

Loading up the trailer
Loading up the trailer

Keri-Ann from American Waste & Recycling is loading up her trailer of trash we collected at Kent Narrows.

Local Supporters
Local Supporters

John and Keri-Ann Southworth from American Waste & Recycling partnered with KIBCU's to provide us with a free trash collection and recycling! It is important to us to combine efforts with other local businesses.

End of the day
End of the day

Finishing up our cleanup for the day.

Loading up the trailer
Loading up the trailer

Keri-Ann from American Waste & Recycling is loading up her trailer of trash we collected at Kent Narrows.

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July 2013 Kent Narrows Cleanup

 

Our 2nd cleanup in July took place at Kent Narrows. We focus on this area a lot in the summer as we find that many fisherman leave behind many debris. We found all sorts of trash, but we are never shocked to find more fishing lines and hooks as well as empty beer bottles and cans. This was our first cleanup with American Waste & Recycling. They have partnered with Kent Island Beach Cleanups to provide us with free trash pickup and single-stream recycling. We are very excited to have them join our group!

Earn community service hours!
Earn community service hours!

David is earning some of his community service hours with us. We love to see the younger boys and girls getting involved. If you or someone in your family is in need of earning community service or volunteer hours, we can help!

Fishing lines kill!
Fishing lines kill!

Kristin, Founder finds some fishing line on the bike path. This is one of the most deadly items found during the cleanups. Wildlife can become tangled in the lines and suffocate.

Worth our time
Worth our time

This is why we do what we do...it's just that simple:)

Earn community service hours!
Earn community service hours!

David is earning some of his community service hours with us. We love to see the younger boys and girls getting involved. If you or someone in your family is in need of earning community service or volunteer hours, we can help!

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July 2013 Terrapin Beach Cleanup

 

Our July 2013 Cleanup took place at Terrapin Beach Park, and boy was it in need of some help! It had only been a little less than a month since our last cleanup, and it seemed like it had been years. So many beer cans and bottles we lost count! A total of 11 volunteers came out, and we managed to average at least 4 bags per person. We even gained some new volunteers this day, and handed out many trash bags to beach goers!

 

*Special thanks to Mark Dignen for providing his photography skills*

Karen Sutter and Kristin Cook
Karen Sutter and Kristin Cook

Karen Sutter, a KIBCU's volunteer and Kristin Cook, walk the trail at Terrapin Beach Park.

Trailer, provided by QAC Parks
Trailer, provided by QAC Parks

Our cleanup trailer, provided to us by Queen Anne's County Parks and Public Landings. Once we are finished with the cleanups for the day, we place all our trash in this trailer and the County comes to pick it up for us the next day.

Wildlife of Terrapin Beach Park
Wildlife of Terrapin Beach Park

It is not unusual to see deer while on a visit to Terrapin Beach Park. This photo was taken by Mark Dignen of Mark Dignen Photography. Mark not only took photos for us this day, but he also completed his first cleanup with KIBCU's! Thanks Mark!

Karen Sutter and Kristin Cook
Karen Sutter and Kristin Cook

Karen Sutter, a KIBCU's volunteer and Kristin Cook, walk the trail at Terrapin Beach Park.

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June 2013 Cleanup

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Our June 2013 Cleanup took place at Terrapin Beach Park in Stevensville, MD. We had a total of 7 volunteers. Over 3+ bags of trash was collected by each volunteer over the course of 3 hours. Even the smallest cleanup crews can make a major difference on our beaches.

 

*Special thanks to Mark Dignen for providing his photography skills*

The CBEC Crew and Kristin
The CBEC Crew and Kristin

Some members of the Chesapeake Bay Environmental Center (CBEC), located in Grasonville, MD got together with KIBCU's to clean the Kent Narrows area. From left to right: Chris Rusco, Sarah Rusco, Larry Maloney, Peter Hale, Susan Hale, Marilyn Schuler and Kristin, founder of KIBCU's. Kent Narrows is a very popular spot for boaters and fisherman as well as our local bars and restaurants. This area is always in serious need of some cleanup help!

Anglers Warning Sign
Anglers Warning Sign

One of the only signs you see at Kent Narrows, informing visitors and fisherman to properly dispose of their fishing lines. We wish there were more signs like this.

Under the piers
Under the piers

There are two piers at Kent Narrows - East and West - under the Rt. 50 Kent Narrows Bridge. This is the worst spot for trash as it washes up under the pier, especially after a storm and the water level rises. It is also one of the toughest spots to clean since we can't actually get under the pier. At this cleanup, we used rakes and trash grabbers to get as much garbage as possible.

The CBEC Crew and Kristin
The CBEC Crew and Kristin

Some members of the Chesapeake Bay Environmental Center (CBEC), located in Grasonville, MD got together with KIBCU's to clean the Kent Narrows area. From left to right: Chris Rusco, Sarah Rusco, Larry Maloney, Peter Hale, Susan Hale, Marilyn Schuler and Kristin, founder of KIBCU's. Kent Narrows is a very popular spot for boaters and fisherman as well as our local bars and restaurants. This area is always in serious need of some cleanup help!

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Kent Narrows Cleanup May 2013

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Our May 2013 cleanup was in participation with the Chesapeake Bay Environmental Center (CBEC). Some members of CBEC and Kristin from KIBCU's, got together to clean under the Rt. 50 Kent Narrows Bridge. This area is a hot spot for visitors, fisherman, boaters and is located where the majority of Kent Island's bars and restaurants sit. This area is seriously neglected and most of the trash we find here is related to fishing. This cleanup only had about 8 volunteers, but we managed to collect over 20 bags of trash.

Kids enjoying the cleanup!
Kids enjoying the cleanup!

We love to see kids and teens at our cleanups. It is so important to teach our younger generations about sustainability and becoming trash-free!

Teamwork!
Teamwork!

Volunteers cleaning up a few tarps found on the shoreline of the Upper Chesapeake Bay on Terrapin Beach Park. On this day, we found over 4 large tarps on the beach!

Taking a break
Taking a break

We had many younger volunteers participate in this cleanup. They were so helpful, and they really seemed to enjoy themselves.

Kids enjoying the cleanup!
Kids enjoying the cleanup!

We love to see kids and teens at our cleanups. It is so important to teach our younger generations about sustainability and becoming trash-free!

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March 2013 Cleanup

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Our March 2013 cleanup took place over Easter weekend at Terrapin Beach Park, and we thought for sure we would have a small group. Boy were we wrong! Over 35 volunteers showed up for this event, and some even brought their kids! It was such a success and made us so happy. Everyone was working together, laughing and having a great time. We had over 8 trash collection points on the beach trail and even had a 3 year old participate.