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Atlantic County Stands Out at New Jersey Clean Communities Awards

Mar 15, 2024

Two Atlantic County residents and a local environmental organization were recognized for their litter removal and education efforts during the annual New Jersey Clean Communities Awards held in March.

The Greater Egg Harbor Watershed Association (GEWHA), led by Atlantic County resident and Atlantic County Utilities Authority (ACUA) board member Fred Akers, was recognized with the Marine Debris Cleanup Award.

ACUA Board Member Fred Akers accepts the Marine Debris Cleanup Award.

The award recognized the association’s efforts to remove abandoned boats, submerged docks, ghost crab traps and other large debris from local waterways. GEWHA worked with Stockton University intern Brooke Handley to locate debris and create an online map showing the locations and images of items. The map was then shared with members and volunteers that later removed the debris.


Eduardo Jimenez, Brigantine resident, was awarded the Excellence in Education award for his litter removal efforts and incredible artwork that brings attention to the dangers of ocean litter. Eduardo creates art from items he removes during regular walks and cleanups along Brigantine beach. His artwork is regularly displayed at local art shows and can be viewed on his Instagram account, @eduardoj9.

Eduardo Jiménez accepts the Excellence in Education Award.

Examples of Eduardo's artwork.

Congratulations to the GEWHA, Fred and Eduardo for your continued efforts to improve our community!