Schuylkill Scrub Would Clean-Up River Through May 31
A fall view of the Schuylkill River near Pottstown
POTTSTOWN PA – A volunteer campaign to help clean trash and litter from the banks of the Schuylkill River – across Lower Pottsgrove, Pottstown, Limerick and elsewhere along its 130-mile length – is now under way and will continue through May 31, organizers announced Wednesday (March 26, 2014). They’re hoping the two-month “Schuylkill Scrub,” as it’s called, will attract the help of about 1,500 people.
The scrub represents an expansion of a successful effort last year, timed to coincide with the annual “Philly Spring Cleanup” in Philadelphia, that saw hundreds of volunteers join an effort to remove tons of trash and debris from the riverfronts and water. The 2013 Scrub involved about 100 separate clean-up events stretching from downtown Philadelphia to Pottsville in Schuylkill County.
Groups or individuals who host a clean-up before May 31 can register their event at the Scrub’s website, here. Entrants are eligible to win a money-saving rain barrel. Events registered with Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful’s Great American Cleanup of PA, scheduled from April 12 to May 5, will also have access to free gloves, trash bags, and safety vests at participating events.
For more information, call Tom Davidock of the Partnership for the Delaware Estuary at 800-445-4935, Ext. 109.
The Green Valleys Association and the Hay Creek Watershed Association of greater Pottstown founded the Scrub during 2010. The Perkiomen Watershed Conservancy in Schwenksville has actively promoted the clean-ups.
Approximately 2,000 square miles of land drain to the Schuylkill River. More than 2,400 Pennsylvanians selected the Schuylkill as their River of the Year in a January 2014 contest.