Watershed’s 12th Annual Stream Cleanup Volunteer Opportunities

Watershed’s 12th Annual Stream Cleanup Volunteer Opportunities

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Cleanup in Lawrence Township, 2016.

On April 14 and April 21, volunteers from 12 local communities and towns will join together to clean up local rivers, lakes, and streams during the Stony Brook-Millstone Watershed Association’s 12th Annual Stream Cleanups.

The Watershed invites the community to join forces to clean up streams and help minimize the human impact on the environment.  For participation dates, times, and locations, please refer below:

April 14
April 21
Franklin: 9:30a.m. – noon
Pine Grove Elementary School
130 Highland Avenue
Cranbury: 9a.m. – 11a.m.
Village Park
Downtown Cranbury
Lawrence: 9a.m. – 11a.m.
Colonial Lake Park
Lake Drive
East Windsor: 9a.m. – 11a.m.
Etra Lake Park
Disbrow Hill Road
Millstone: 9a.m. – noon
Millstone Court Bldg.
215 Millstone Road
Hightstown: 9a.m. – 11a.m.
Peddie Lake Parking Lot
101 N. Main Street
Montgomery: 9a.m. – 11a.m.
Mill Pond Soccer Complex
11 Mill Pond Road
Plainsboro: 9a.m. – 11a.m.
Recreation Department
641 Plainsboro Road
Princeton: 1pm – 3pm
Turning Basin ParkAlexander Road West Windsor: 1p.m. – 3p.m.
Port Mercer Canal House
Quakerbridge Road
Monroe: 1pm – 3pm
Community GardenApplegarth, south of Firehouse Watershed Reserve in Hopewell: 1p.m. – 3p.m.
Watershed Reserve Pond House Wargo Road

 

Each year thousands of pounds of trash and pollutants are washed from streets and yards into rivers and streams, eventually flowing into New Jersey’s bays and the ocean.

“Stream clean ups have an enormous impact on our water quality, protecting the environment and removing tons of trash,” said Jim Waltman, executive director for the Watershed Association. “We appreciate the willingness of volunteers, neighbors, and families to join forces to help clean up our water.”

To date, more than 4,625 volunteers helped keep local waterways safe by gathering and disposing of 93,208 pounds of trash andunwanted waste from local streams and rivers.

The cleanup is a great way to honor Earth Day and gives people a hands-on opportunity to take responsibility for their environment, to make a difference and to interact with fellow community members. The Watershed welcomes drop-in volunteers at any stream clean ups.

Volunteers should wear boots, long sleeves, gloves, and bring a water bottle.  Rain gear is encouraged for inclement weather, but cleaning will be rain or shine.  Event t-shirts will be provided as well as water and snacks.

To learn more visit: www.thewatershed.org.

The Watershed thanks Bloomberg, American Rivers, and New Jersey Clean Communities for their continued support over the last 12 years of Earth Day Stream Cleanups.

 

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