Volunteers help clean up watershed
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.
The cafeteria at Centreville Middle School at the Wednesday, April 6, Board of Education meeting.
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.