Want to get your feet wet in stream protection?
You and your neighbors can adopt a creek, stream, run or river through the Gunpowder Valley Conservancy’s “Stream Watch Program.” Trained volunteer Stream Captains gather groups twice a year to conduct clean-ups of their adopted creek or stream and monitor the stream’s health.
During the Project’s first three years, Clear Creeks volunteers collected 24,774 lbs. of trash from 18 adopted creeks and rivers. With 2.5 additional miles of creeks and rivers waiting to be adopted in the Bird River, Middle River and Tidal Gunpowder watershed, the opportunity for cleaner creeks and more visible feets continues to grow.
Enjoy photos from our cleanups in our albums (right column); let us know how your day went on Facebook and Twitter; and share an article about our creek cleanups with your friends:
“Cow Pen Creek clean up set for Saturday”
by Christine Potts
The Avenue News
Web 11.15.13; 2:30 pm
Proud cleanup participants show results.
MIDDLE RIVER — Doug Tomecek has been a clear creeks crusader since the day a leisurely stroll spawned a restoration commitment.
“One day, I was walking along Cow Pen [Creek],” Tomecek explained, “and I noticed about 20 barrels floating in the water, all the way up the creek. I was concerned they might be chemical barrels, and the more I walked, the more debris I saw.”
Tomecek had been picking up trash in Hawthorne’s two waterfront parks with a couple of friends since 2003. But it was that walk in 2006 that led the 43 year resident of Hawthorne and director of communications and community development for the Hawthorne Civic Association to formalize and expand operations. He began by involving more residents and securing a corporate sponsorship with Lockheed Martin/Armstrong and Associates.
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