Tidy up Tilghman April 18 with Phillips Wharf

PWEC_TidyTilghman_Butts(TILGHMAN ISLAND, MD – March 13, 2020) Phillips Wharf is leading Tidy up Tilghman Day from 9 a.m. to noon on Sat., April 18 as part of the Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay’s Project Clean Stream. Volunteers are needed for the rain or shine event, and will meet at Phillips Wharf, with boots recommended and volunteer registration at bit.ly/tidyup20.

This is Phillips Wharf’s 7th year participating in the event, with volunteers last year collecting 20 cubic yards of debris, 140 gallons of glass, and 320 gallons of plastic and aluminum beverage containers. Other 2019 finds included 773 plastic bottles, 4,205 cigarette butts, 10 tires, a hot tub top, and a plastic skull.

Project Clean Stream kicks off in April, and is the largest annual cleanup event in the Chesapeake Bay region, with tens of thousands of volunteers coming together each spring to pick up trash from local streams, creeks, rivers, parks, and neighborhoods as part of the project. More about the program is at allianceforthebay.org.

Cleanups take place in all six Bay states and D.C., with the Alliance working with local site captains and providing cleanup supplies such as trash bags and gloves. For Phillips Wharf, Maryland Environmental Services also provides recycling bins and Patuxent Companies provides the roll off dumpster.

Phillips Wharf Environmental Center's mission is to encourage, educate, and engage Chesapeake Bay stewards of all ages through interactive experiences showcasing the Bay's ecosystem and its inhabitants. For more information, visit phillipswharf.org.

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Last year’s Tidy up Tilghman volunteers, including these shown here, collected 20 cubic yards of debris, 140 gallons of glass, and 320 gallons of plastic and aluminum beverage containers, among other items. This year’s April 18 event will be Phillips Wharf’s 7th year participating in the Project Clean Stream project, with volunteers meeting at Phillips Wharf, with boots recommended and volunteer registration at bit.ly/tidyup20.

 

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4,205 cigarette butts were among the trash items picked up during last year’s Tidy up Tilghman, organized by Phillips Wharf and part of the Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay’s regional program. Volunteers are needed for this year’s April 18 rain or shine event, and will meet at Phillips Wharf, with boots recommended and volunteer registration at bit.ly/tidyup20.

Dear Phillips Wharf Environmental Center Supporter,

I want to share with you how Phillips Wharf Environmental Center is pivoting towards new horizons that strengthen our longevity into the future and make our educational programs much more accessible to diverse audiences.

In Phillips Wharf’s 14-year history – two challenges have remained constant—the rising costs of maintaining a waterfront campus and old buildings, and addressing the inaccessibility of Tilghman Island to many school systems and others unable to afford the cost or the time for the long trip from more urban areas like Easton.

With this in mind, Phillips Wharf’s Board of Directors have made a bold decision to ensure the sustainability of our future and educational programs by liquidating our assets on Tilghman Island—including the real estate and property—and re-focus the expected gains from the sale to re-open a location in Easton that the Board will determine.

Be assured—Phillips Wharf will always bring our students to meaningful interactions with the Chesapeake Bay’s ecosystem and inhabitants. We know technology and our FishMobile, for example, can bring experiences and education to more students when we can focus our operations more on education, and less on maintaining an underutilized campus with mounting deferred maintenance costs and more.

Phillips Wharf will continue to carry the essence of encouraging, educating, and engaging Chesapeake Bay stewards from a new location soon. In addition, we’ll be sure to share this exciting news when it comes to fruition with you.

In the meantime, thank you for caring about our students and the Chesapeake Bay as a natural resource and source of healthy seafood and productive jobs for the Shore’s residents. We are excited to bring the Chesapeake Bay closer to our students and the public in ways that are more meaningful. This is a bold step forward not only in Phillips Wharf’s survivability, but also in our thrivability.

Please reach out to me with any questions or concerns you may have. You can reach me at [email protected] or 410-886-9200.

Warmest regards,

 

Matthew Albers

Board President, Phillips Wharf Environmental Center