Volunteers Pull 5K Pounds of trash from area streams

EASTON — Hundreds of local residents volunteered Saturday to clean up local waterways.

The volunteers cleaned up debris and litter from streams, shores and woodlands of the Chesapeake Bay as part of Project Clean Stream.

Started by the Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay, Project Clean Stream is a regional effort that engages community members in a hands-on opportunity to improve local water quality through litter pickup.

In Talbot, Queen Anne’s, Caroline and Dorchester counties, about 200 volunteers worked at 17 different locations, coordinated through Midshore Riverkeeper Conservancy (MRC). They collected more than 5,000 pounds of trash, the most common items being plastic bottles and bags. Trash that could not fit in bags included car tires, lawn chairs, bicycles, crab pots, TVs, shopping carts, oil drums, car parts and household wall insulation.

“I urge everyone to join this effort every day by not littering and picking up unsightly trash as you go through your day. We all need to take more responsibility for our local environment every day of the year rather than just one clean up day,” Tim Junkin, director of MRC, said.

Groups that participated included the Country School, Grasonville Elementary School, Talbot Mentors, town of Marydel, Dorchester Citizens for Planned Growth, Chesapeake Bay Boy Scouts, Chesapeake Bay Girl Scouts, Talbot Young Professionals, Midshore Riverkeeper Conservancy, Easton High School students and Environment Club, Phillips Wharf Environmental Center, Cambridge Power and Sail Squadron, Chesapeake Bay Foundation, Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum and Eastern Shore Land Conservancy.

The towns of Easton, Grasonville, Cambridge and St. Michaels and Caroline and Queen Anne’s counties collected and disposed of the trash.