Project Clean Stream is set for April 7

Dorchester Star - - REGIONAL - By DENAE SPIERING dspier­ing@ches­pub.com Fol­low me on Twit­ter @ Dspier­ing617

CAM­BRIDGE — On your mark, get set — clean up the Bay. Join thou­sands of oth­ers across six states and Wash­ing­ton, D.C., on Satur­day, April 7, to clean up the Ch­e­sa­peake Bay and its wa­ter­sheds dur­ing the 2018 Project Clean Stream.

Ef­forts across the Mid-Shore, from Galena to Cam­bridge, are set to get down and dirty as vol­un­teers re­move trash, cig­a­rette butts and other harm­ful de­bris from rivers, creek beds and parks through­out the Bay re­gion.

In 2017, Project Clean Stream brought in about 2.5 mil­lion pounds of trash with more than 50,000 vol­un­teers across thou­sands of cleanup sites.

This year’s goal is to at­tract 75,000 vol­un­teers to 5,000 sites and to clean up 3.5 mil­lion pounds of trash.

In an ef­fort to achieve that goal, lo­cal or­ga­ni­za­tions — in­clud­ing the Ch­e­sa­peake Bay Mar­itime Mu­seum in St. Michaels and the Phillips Wharf En­vi­ron­men­tal Cen­ter in Til­gh­man — are join­ing the project.

The cleanup in St. Michaels be­gins at 9 a.m. and will take place near the drainage ditch be­hind the main­te­nance shop at CBMM. John Ford is the or­ga­nizer of the event and said they have been host­ing a Project Clean Stream day for the last seven or eight years.

“Each year, we re­move about eight to 10 trash bags and an equal amount of re­cy­clables,” Ford said. “The amaz­ing thing is how much trash we pull out of there and how quickly it fills back up.”

Ford said they could or­ga­nize a cleanup each month and would still re­move a lot of trash. He said over the years they have picked up tires and other “goofy things,” but since be­com­ing a part of the project they rarely see that any­more.

Phillips Wharf’s event, Tidy Up Til­gh­man, is or­ga­nized by Bar­bara Boyd. In pre­vi­ous years, Tidy Up Til­gh­man col­lected 2,676 cig­a­rette butts from the is­land, along with tires and var­i­ous plas­tic ma­te­rial.

The cleanup be­gins at 9 a.m. and in­cludes clean­ing up road­side ditches, mari­nas, streams and the bay­side beaches on the is­land.

In Ox­ford at 3 p.m. there will be a low-tide cleanup of Strand Beach and the ad­ja­cent park­ing lot.

In Galena at 8:30 a.m. there will be a team at Fox Hole Pub­lic Land­ing to re­move trash from Fox Hole Road to Ja­cob’s Creek on Route 290.

There are also sev­eral cleanups reg­is­tered for the Cam­bridge area:

• 9 a.m., Mary­land Av­enue Green Street Cleanup in­cludes plant­ing Bay friendly plants and pick­ing up garbage in rain gar­dens and sur­round­ing prop­er­ties.

• 9 a.m., Woods Road Clean Stream for a stream and road­side cleanup along U.S. Route 50 north to the Waste Wa­ter Treat­ment Plant.

• 10 a.m., Cedar Street Cleanup meet­ing at the en­trance of Gen­er­a­tion III Ma­rina and walk­ing to­ward the Mouth of Cam­bridge Creek.

• 1 p.m., West End Av­enue Lit­ter Pick Up will scour the street for all lit­ter.

All though the of­fi­cial clean up day is April 7, there will be cleanups tak­ing place un­til June 9 through­out the Ch­e­sa­peake Bay re­gion.

Project Clean Stream is or­ga­nized by the Al­liance for the Ch­e­sa­peake Bay. The Al­liance co­or­di­nates lo­cal site cleanups, trains site cap­tains, and pro­vides cleanup sup­plies such as trash bags and gloves and ar­ranges trash re­moval af­ter the cleanup work is fin­ished.

For more in­for­ma­tion or to reg­is­ter, visit www.al­liance­forthe­bay. org/our-work/key-pro­gram-fo­cuses/build­ing-ste­ward­ship/pro­ject­clean-stream.

PHOTO BY DAVID HARP

The Cam­bridge Main Street Green Team par­tic­i­pates in Project Clean Stream.

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