Monday, February 22, 2016

Schuylkill Action Network Kicks Off Schuylkill Scrub Cleanup Events

The Schuylkill Action Network leads the Schuylkill Scrub to connect people with litter cleanups, and to foster new ones. Events span the entire Schuylkill River Valley from March 1 to May 31.
Tom Davidock and others at the Partnership for the Delaware Estuary have helped to expand the Schuylkill Scrub since 2010.
One way they have done this is by collaborating with like-minded groups. These range from local environmental advisory councils to Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful. Another way is offering prizes and support.
Two groups are taking the Schuylkill Scrub to a new level by collaborating with people for a cleaner environment.
PennDOT’s Schuylkill County Maintenance District is engaging volunteers to keep the river’s headwaters pure.
Over 100 miles away, Dave Brindley of Not in Philly is recruiting locals to pick up litter that might otherwise wash into the river’s estuary. Both are hosting cleanup events throughout the entire Schuylkill Scrub campaign.
“I am organizing volunteers because our block has many children on it,” said Brindley. “I hate the hopelessness that trash-strewn streets convey to them.”
“Anyone who leads a cleanup can enter to win free prizes along the Schuylkill River, like a moonlight kayaking tour,” said Davidock. “They can also take advantage of free trash bags, gloves, and vests donated by PennDOT. And free or discounted trash disposal is available for Pick It Up PA Days, from April 16 to May 9.”
Click Here to watch a recent video report on the Schuylkill Scrub.
Visit the Schuylkill Scrub website to join or register a cleanup. Locals can even use this website to suggest and find places in need of cleaning.
For more information, please call Virginia Vassalotti of the Partnership for the Delaware Estuary. She can be reached at 800-445-4935, extension 121.

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