Watershed Institute Hosts 13th Annual Stream Cleanups

Nikole, Brian, Christopher and Nicholas Mauger from Lawrence (photo from The Watershed Institute)

The Watershed Institute is hosting its 13th Annual Stream Cleanup on April 13, in 13 locations, ranging  from Princeton to Cranbury, from 9am to 11am. Volunteers can come individually or in groups to help collect litter from the streams and rivers.

While the events are hosted by the Watershed, the cleanups in Ewing, Trenton, and East Windsor are a part of a much larger initiative known as the South Jersey Scrub. These events are  a way for a community to come together and work towards the common goal of making their local area cleaner.

Charles and Debbie Dorner from Lawrence

At last Saturday’s cleanups on April 6, 340  volunteers removed 6,846 pounds of trash from area streams, lakes and other waterways. The debris included oil barrels, shopping carts, a bowling ball, a sled, and other items.

In the last 12 years, over 105,000 pounds of garbage was removed by about 5,400 volunteers.

The Watershed, formed in 1949, works to make sure the water of central New Jersey is clean and local habitats are protected.  The nonprofit organization also has numerous educational programs and research opportunities for the community.

If you are interested in participating in this event, please come this Saturday! Walk-ins are welcome and large groups can register at: estretz@therwatershed.org. For more information, please see https://thewatershed.org/stream-cleanups/.

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