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ClearWater Conservancy to Hold Annual Watershed Clean Up Day

by on April 19, 2014 11:45 AM

Tons of trash, garbage and debris will soon be gone and our streams will be in a bit better shape.

That's because ClearWater Conservancy of Central Pennsylvania will be hosting its annual Watershed Cleanup Day event from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday, April 26 .

The organization is seeking community members to volunteer for clean up duty at sites throughout Central Pennsylvania. The ultimate goal is to help preserve Pennsylvania's beauty while protecting its natural resources.

Since 1997, Watershed Cleanup Day volunteers have removed more than 2,800 tons of waste from local streams, roadways, sinkholes, and illegal dumpsites.

ClearWater says the trash can do more than spoil natural beauty. Pollutants leaching from trash can enter drinking water and the garbage can cause injuries. At the same time, the cost of its removal can use up tax dollars that could be put to other uses.

"Every year, this event provides not only a visible benefit for our communities as tons of trash are removed from our landscape, but also an invisible, environmental benefit as well," says Lori Davis, water resources coordinator at ClearWater.

The event is held through a partnership with Centre County Recycling and Refuse Authority and local contractors, heavy equipment operators, businesses, municipalities, Centre Region Parks and Recreation and the MS4 partners.

Anyone interested in volunteering for the event can contact Lori Davis at 814-237-0400.

ClearWater is a land trust and environmental conservation non-profit that started in 1980. The organization focuses on promoting conservation of natural resources through land protection, watershed stewardship, community outreach and environmental education.

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