Guest Blog: Local waterway targeted for massive cleanup

By John Long, Founder/President, Clean Bread and Cheese Creek

Historic Bread and Cheese Creek in Dundalk, MD, will be the target of a major clean-up effort on Saturday, September 24, 2011 from 8am to 2pm, rain or shine. Led by local environmentalist John Long, the group plans to target the section of the stream between the Arc Baltimore at Dundalk’s building at 1401 North Point Road and the North Point Boulevard pumping station.

Volunteers of all ages and ability are appreciated and welcome to join in the effort. Brawn and muscle are needed to extract shopping carts and other heavy debris from the creek bed, while others are needed to pick lightweight fragments from the water and the undergrowth. It is suggested that folks interested in getting into the creek wear hip waders (some will be supplied) or old boots and long pants. Volunteers are needed to staff registration, haul trash bags to waiting dumpsters, provide supplies to those working in the creek bed, and sort recyclable materials at street level.

Gloves, trash bags, bottled water, and lunch will be provided. There is a limited supply of tools and hip waders to loan, so volunteers are asked to bring their own tools. We run our cleanups as family events; everyone helps one another, which fosters a sense of camaraderie and brings fun, friendship and enthusiasm. We are authorized to sign off on Service Learning hours for students and Community Service hours for the court system.

Please click here for photos of the current conditions in Bread and Cheese Creek of the area that will be cleaned on September 24, 2011. Click here for a map of the location.

For more information, contact John Long via email or at 410-285-1202.

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