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Watershed Cleanup Day set for April 26

by on April 05, 2014 11:55 AM

ClearWater Conservancy will host its annual Watershed Cleanup Day from 8 a.m. until noon on Saturday, April 26 at sites throughout Central Pennsylvania and is seeking community members to pitch in that day.

Since 1997, Watershed Cleanup Day volunteers have removed 2,857 tons of waste from local streams, roadways, sinkholes, and illegal dumpsites.

Through a partnership with Centre County Recycling & Refuse Authority and the generosity of local contractors, heavy equipment operators, businesses, municipalities, Centre Region Parks and Recreation and the MS4 partners, Watershed Cleanup Day continues to help preserve Pennsylvania's beauty while protecting its natural resources.

A pile of trash is not just unattractive. Pollutants leaching from trash can enter drinking water. Garbage can also cause injuries, harm wildlife, and the cost of its removal can use up tax dollars that could be put to other uses. Removing trash from our watersheds not only makes it more beautiful, but keeps the surrounding community healthy.

"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 Conservancy.

If you would like to volunteer for this year's event, contact Lori Davis, at (814) 237-0400 or lori@clearwaterconservancy.org.

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This story was produced by the staff at the Centre County Gazette. It was re-published with permission. The Centre County Gazette is a weekly publication, available at many locations around Centre County every Thursday morning.
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