Friday, April 28, 2017

ClearWater Conservancy: Volunteer Turnout For Watershed Cleanup Breaks Records

ClearWater Conservancy celebrated Earth Day on April 22 alongside 552 community volunteers at its 21st annual Watershed Cleanup Day. This one day event is aimed at combating littering and illegal dumping in our local watersheds.
The 2017 cleanup brought out our greatest number of event participants to date to keep Centre County and Central Pennsylvania beautiful.  
Thanks to the hard work of these volunteers, ClearWater Conservancy, in partnership with Centre County Recycling & Refuse Authority, was able to properly dispose of over 38.1 tons of trash, or 76,200 pounds, from 59 sites at roadsides, parks, streams, and sinkholes.
This total included over 48,900 pounds of assorted trash, over 17,240 pounds of scrap metal, and over 10,120 pounds of tires which numbered 550.
This year’s tonnage brings the project total to over 6.16 million pounds of waste removed from local streams, roadways, sinkholes, and illegal 1997.
“It always amazes me that we the few, can do so much, in such a short time,” said Rod Fye, Cleanup Day committee member and Enforcement Officer at CCRRA.  “If many others would change their attitude about littering our roads and improperly disposing of their trash; we could accomplish so much more!  It should be our goal to take care of our Mother Earth, we really only have one.”
Led by ClearWater Conservancy and in partnership with Centre County Recycling & Refuse Authority and the local MS4 [stormwater management] partners, Watershed Cleanup Day is supported by local contractors, heavy equipment operators, businesses, and Centre County municipalities.
For more information on programs, initiatives and other upcoming events, visit the ClearWater Conservancy website.  Click Here to sign up for regular updates from the Conservancy.

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