Trash is not the worst problem that faces the Chesapeake Bay, but it is one of the easiest to eliminate. Each year in April, Sassafras River Association participates in Project Clean Stream in coordination with the Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay. Project Clean Stream is a Chesapeake Bay Watershed effort to pick up trash and other debris from the banks of the streams, creeks, and rivers that feed into the Chesapeake Bay in New York, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, and the District of Columbia.
On Saturday, April 2nd, SRA will be leading cleanup projects in the Sassafras Watershed in Kent and Cecil Counties. We are seeking individuals and groups to volunteer at four locations in Kent – Foxhole Landing, Turners Creek, Lloyd’s Creek, and Sassafras Natural Resource Management Area. In Cecil County, we will be conducting a roadside cleanup project on Ward’s Hill Road.
Our Site Captains will supply and assist volunteers from 9 AM until noon at the above locations. Trash bags, protective gloves, day-glo vests, advice and oversight will be provided. Interested persons are encouraged to contact a Site Captain in order to register and receive instructions for meeting with their group.
Last year, 54 volunteers joined us as we removed 4,100 pounds of glass bottles, aluminum cans, plastic containers, cigarette lighters, foam blocks, automobile tires, and other debris (including an old canoe) from the banks of the Sassafras.
So, come on and do a good thing for the Sassafras and the Chesapeake as we get outside on a fresh spring morning and rid our riverbanks and roads of unsightly and polluting trash.
For more information, or to register, our Site Captains may be reached by email:
Sue Shumaker (Ward’s Hill Road) – firstname.lastname@example.org
Janet Ruhl (Foxhole Landing) – email@example.com
Ellyn Vail (Sassafras Natural Resource Management Area) -firstname.lastname@example.org
Carol Droge (Turners Creek Pavilion) – email@example.com
If you have a boat that can be used to haul trash in bags and launched at Turners Creek boat ramp, contact Site Captain Bobby McLennon at firstname.lastname@example.org
For more information, you may reach our Riverkeeper, Emmett Duke, at 410-275-1400, or email@example.com