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Watershed Cleanup Day set for April 20

by on April 18, 2019 12:40 PM

Those who are looking for a way to help make a difference this Earth Day have the opportunity to do so during ClearWater Conservancy’s annual Watershed Cleanup Day on Saturday, April 20.

A fun way to help protect the area’s waterways from the littering and illegal dumping, ClearWater Conservancy has celebrated Earth Day with Watershed Cleanup Day each year since 1997.Every year since, more than 500 volunteers have worked together to clear and properly dispose of trash from roadsides, parks, streams and sinkholes. More than 17.73 tons of trash was cleared in 2018 and over 6.195 million pounds of trash have been cleared since 1997.

Cleanup areas are identified by local municipalities, concerned citizens and Centre County Recycling and Refuse Authority and volunteers interested in helping on the cleanup day can sign up as a group, family or individual at Volunteers are matched to the sites based on a number of factors, such as location and group size.

Be prepared to get your hands dirty, but don’t worry because everyone is provided gloves, bags and safety vests and ClearWater coordinates the collection of all the waste from staging areas. 

The event runs from 8 a.m. to noon and afterward there will be a volunteer picnic at Circleville Park with games and live music.

This event is made possible thanks to a partnership between ClearWater Conservancy, Centre County Recycling and Refuse Authority and the main funders of the event — the MS4 Partners — State College Borough; College, Ferguson, Harris and Patton townships; and Penn State University. 

Vincent Corso is writer for Town&Gown and the Centre County Gazette.
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