On Saturday, Cumberland County resident Meghan Wren plans to swim 13 miles across the Delaware Bay, from Port Mahon, Delaware, to Fortescue, New Jersey. The journey is expected to take between eight and 10 hours, and Wren hopes it will raise awareness to the communities along the bay still recovering from Super storm Sandy.
“First thing in the morning, approximately 7 o’clock on Saturday, if the weather’s right, I’m going to walk into the bay at Port Mahon,” she said.
And then she’ll be off. Wren hopes to raise $2,500 to fund conservation and education efforts about the Delaware Bay’s wildlife, history and disaster relief in surrounding communities.
“People … aren’t as familiar with the bay’s shore as they are with the Atlantic coast. And I guess, it seems the Delaware Bay is only second fiddle to something,” said Wren, executive director of the Bayshore Center at Bivalve, a preservation nonprofit in Port Norris. She also chairs the Cumberland County Long Term Recovery group, helping to coordinate disaster relief efforts in the area.
Wren will be wearing a transponder during the swim so you can follow her progress at swimdelawarebay.org.