Conservancy Plans Largest-Ever Stream CleanUp

Conservancy Plans Largest-Ever Stream Clean-Up

SCHWENKSVILLE PA – Although the annual streams clean-up (at top) conducted by the Perkiomen Watershed Conservancy is still days away, the non-profit organization dedicated to conserve and protect area land and water resources has already exceeded its volunteer participation goals, conservancy Executive Director Ryan Beltz happily proclaimed.

The April 6 (2019; Saturday) 3-hour effort hoped to recruit 1,000 volunteers to remove accumulated junk and debris from about 80 separate locations along creeks and runs in the watershed. To date, according to Beltz, more than 1,100 workers are already registered and even more are wanted. This year’s campaign will represent “the largest single-day stream clean-up in Pennsylvania,” he said, “and we still have room.”

Those interested in helping the conservancy with the project between 9 a.m. and noon can sign up online now, here. Volunteers can join as individuals, or family, co-worker, or other groups to clean trash from a local stream. With dozens of sites available they can choose one that works best for them, Beltz noted.

A separate day for corporate groups, April 5 (Friday), also is available. For more information about it, call the conservancy, 1 W. Skippack Pike, at 610-287-9383.

There’s more than 20,000 pounds of debris – bagged trash, tires, scrap metal, and other litter -polluting the targeted waterways, Beltz estimated. It’s a lot to haul away, so the conservancy also is enlisting volunteers with pick-up trucks and trailers to “serve the critical role of transporting (it) to dumpster locations,” he said. Pick-up crews will work between noon and 3 p.m.

Pick-up volunteers are particularly needed in East Greenville, Pennsburg, Green Lane, Perkasie, Upper Providence, and Audubon.

Corporate sponsors play important roles in helping to cover costs associated with the clean-up. Those interested in sponsor opportunities can explore their options here.

Photo from the Perkiomen Watershed Conservancy