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Inmates To Clean Banks Of Delaware River In Gloucester County

File photo of Delaware River from Race Street Pier. (Credit: Tim Jimenez)

File photo of Delaware River from Race Street Pier. (Credit: Tim Jimenez)

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By David Madden

WEST DEPTFORD, N.J. (CBS) – Some inmates doing time in the Gloucester County Prison will soon be cleaning up along the banks of the Delaware River.

Freeholder director Rob Damminger decided to act after seeing pictures in the local paper of a veritable mess on the river’s edge in West Deptford.

But he concedes it’s a problem on the Delaware throughout Gloucester County.

“I used to work along the river and you’d see some amazing things come in and out on the tide, anywhere from bottles and cans to telephone poles,” says Damminger.

Non-violent offenders have routinely been used for various municipal projects.

County corrections officials will coordinate the river cleanup program and Damminger suggests this won’t be any one and done deal. Why? Because those tides are constantly bringing in all kinds of debris.

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