Project Clean Stream is set for April 7
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.
The Cambridge Main Street Green Team participates in Project Clean Stream.