Serving Communities by Cleaning Streams
By Rebecca Schwartz and Christina Catanese
In the Philly area and looking for ways to celebrate Earth Day a little early?
Mayor Michael A. Nutter and the Philadelphia Streets Department announced that the 6th Annual Philly Spring Cleanup will be held on Saturday, April 13. This annual event is a way to involve Philadelphia residents in their local neighborhoods and parks, all while making the city a beautiful, clean place for both residents and visitors to enjoy. It’s a day when Philadelphia residents are encouraged to volunteer a bit of their time, enjoy the outdoors, and connect with their neighbors and neighborhoods. By taking part in cleaning up our communities, we all gain a sense of ownership and civic pride in our urban environment, which translates into stronger communities as well as greater sustainability and health.
It’s important for us to serve our communities even when we’re not on duty at EPA. So this weekend, EPA’s Region 3 Executive Leaders Network (ELN) is partnering with Philadelphia Parks and Recreation to host a cleanup at Tacony Creek State Park. A group of EPA employees, friends, and relatives will be spending the afternoon beautifying a stretch along the newly built bike path – and you’re invited to join us! Here are the details:
Saturday, April 13, 2013
10:00am to 2:00pm
Meet at the corner of East Ruscomb Street and Bingham Street, Philadelphia, PA
We’ll be picking up trash and removing invasive plants along the new bike path! Volunteers should wear long pants and bring enough water for the afternoon. Gloves will be provided, but please bring your own if you have them. Kids are welcome, so bring your friends and family!
Tacony Creek is a small stream in one of Philly’s urban watersheds that eventually flows into the Delaware River. Small streams like this one make a big difference in their communities: providing a place to recreate, supporting strong economies, providing drinking water, protecting against floods, filtering pollutants, and providing food and habitat for many types of fish. Small streams can have a big effect on downstream water quality as well, as they all come together to feed into the larger river system.
If you can’t get to this event but want to contribute to cleaning up Philadelphia, find a Philly Spring Cleanup project in your neighborhood online at www.phillyspringcleanup.com.
Not in the Philadelphia area? Let us know what’s happening to clean up river and stream areas in your community!
About the Authors: Rebecca Schwartz is an ORISE Intern in the Office of NPDES Permits and Enforcement working on Concentrated Animal Feeding Operation permits. She graduated from the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill with an MS in Ecology, and serves as a member on ELN’s Community Service Crew for the Mid Atlantic Region. Christina Catanese has worked at EPA since 2010, in the Water Protection Division’s Office of Program Support. Originally from Pittsburgh, Christina has lived in Philadelphia since attending the University of Pennsylvania, where she studied Environmental Studies, Political Science, and Hydrogeology. When not in the office, Christina enjoys performing, choreographing and teaching modern dance.
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