Vol­un­teers help clean up water­shed

Record Observer - - Front Page - By HAN­NAH COMBS hcombs@kibay­times.com

CEN­TRE­VILLE — The Cor­sica River Con­ser­vancy in part­ner­ship with the Al­liance for the Ch­e­sa­peake Bay and Cen­tre­ville spon­sored Project Clean Stream Sun­day, April 3, at sev­eral sites in the Cor­sica River Water­shed.

The event fo­cused this year on Mill­stream Park, the com­mu­nity of North Brook and the Cen­tre­ville Wharf and Wat­son Road. About 100 vol­un­teers par­tic­i­pate each year in this ac­tiv­ity and in a typ­i­cal year CRC col­lects about two truck­loads of trash, said Deb­bie Pusey, a spokes­woman for the Con­ser­vancy. Pusey noted this year there seemed to be less de­bris than in years past.

Bar­bara Sharkey, a mem­ber of the Cor­sica River Con­ser­vancy, was with the group of vol­un­teers at the Cen­tre­ville Wharf. In ad­di­tion to the usual bot­tles, cans, pa­per and plas­tic prod­ucts col­lected along the shore line, she said, Gun­ston stu­dents had re­cov­ered sev­eral tires and part of a basketball hoop.

Dis­ap­point­ingly, she add- ed, some 60 minia­ture plas­tic liquor bot­tles were re­cov­ered on the first and sec­ond turns on Wat­son Road.

In the com­mu­nity of North Brook the most com­monly found ob­ject, in ad­di­tion to the usual trash as­sort­ment, was lacrosse balls. Vol­un­teers there filled nearly an en­tire lawn bag with the balls.

Sharkey said the town placed trucks at each of the clean up sites. The town col­lected the trash-filled trucks on Mon­day morn­ing.

Project Clean Stream is an ini­tia­tive sup­ported by the Al­liance of the Ch­e­sa­peake Bay to co­or­di­nate vol­un­teers one day of the year to spend a few hours out­side clean­ing trash from parks, rivers and streams.

Ear­lier in March, the Queen Anne’s County High School In­ter­act Club, an or­ga­ni­za­tion that pro­motes the Ro­tary Club’s motto Ser­vice Above Self, un­der the lead­er­ship of Bob Wil­lis, also par­tic­i­pated in a day of clean­ing up trash at Mill­stream Park.

“It is im­por­tant to re­al­ize how all of these smaller wa­ter­ways lead to the Cor­sica River,” said Sharkey, not­ing that Mill­stream and Yel­low Branch (on the op­po­site side of Wat­son Road) both empty into the Cor­sica.

Ac­cord­ing to the Al­liance of the Ch­e­sa­peake Bay, trash is not the largest prob­lem the Bay faces, but it is def­i­nitely one of the eas­i­est to elim­i­nate. The Cor­sica River flows into the Ch­ester River, which emp­ties into the Bay.

Ac­cord­ing to a 2014 re­port from the Ch­ester River As­so­ci­a­tion, “The Cor­sica wa­ter- shed con­tin­ues to be a bright spot, earn­ing a ‘B’ (on the Ch­ester River re­port card). The Cor­sica has been the fo­cus of ex­ten­sive water­shed restora­tion ef­forts, show­ing restora­tion and stormwa­ter projects do make a dif­fer­ence.” This demon­strates that lit­tle ef­forts, such as Project Clean Stream, can have a big im­pact.

The CRC is also ex­cited to an­nounce the grand open­ing of the new Cor­sica Wa­ter Trail at the Wharf on Wat­son Road, said Pusey. The trail will open of­fi­cially on Sun­day, May 15. For more in­for­ma­tion con­tact the Cor­sica River Con­ser­vancy at www. cor­si­cariver­con­ser­vancy.org.

PHOTO BY HAN­NAH COMBS

The cafe­te­ria at Cen­tre­ville Mid­dle School at the Wed­nes­day, April 6, Board of Ed­u­ca­tion meet­ing.

CON­TRIB­UTED PHOTO

The Queen Anne’s County High School In­ter­act Club mem­bers with leader Bob Wil­lis, cen­ter, par­tic­i­pated in col­lect­ing trash at Mill­stream Park ear­lier in March.

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