Marsh Mis­sion: MLK Day vol­un­teers do their part B

The Advance of Bucks County - - BRISTOL AREA -

RfSTOL – Brav­ing frigid tem­per­a­tures, about 40 vol­un­teers hon­ored the late Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. with a ka­tional Day of Ser­vice on Jan. 21 in Bris­tol Bor­ough.

Stu­dents from Bris­tol Bor­ough High School teamed up with the Green­belt Over­haul Al­liance of Le­vit­town, U.S. EPA Re­gion 3, lo­cal res­i­dents and staff from the ka­ture Con­ser­vancy and Her­itage Con­ser­vancy to help clean up the Bris­tol Marsh Pre­serve, a re­gional nat­u­ral and cul­tural re­source.

“Our com­mu­nity vol­un­teers and bor­ough staff have been do­ing such a thor­ough job th­ese past five years that f was con­cerned there wouldn’t be enough trash to cleanup,” said Su­san Myerov, se­nior plan­ner for Her­itage Con­ser­vancy. “This beau­ti­ful area is un­for­tu­nately used as a dump­ing ground for some. Thanks to our won­der­ful vol­un­teers and the staff of Bris­tol Bor­ough pub­lic works, we hauled away a sig­nif­i­cant amount of trash and de­bris.”

Lo­cated ad­ja­cent to His­toric Bris­tol Bor­ough’s tater­front Park, the 33-acre pre­serve con­tains a fresh­wa­ter tidal marsh and for­est habi­tat with unique eco­log­i­cal sig­nif­i­cance. The marsh helps pro­tect the Delaware river­front from some of the im­pacts of flood­ing and stormwa­ter pol­lu­tion. Fresh water tidal marshes con­tain nat­u­ral features that sup­port a wide va­ri­ety of plants, birds and an­i­mals. ft is a unique and im­por­tant en­vi­ron­men­tal re­source.

A large part of the marsh is owned by Bris­tol Bor­ough and is un­der pro­tec­tion of con­ser­va­tion ease­ments held by The ka­ture Con­ser­vancy. For the past five years, in many dif­fer­ent weather con­di­tions, the ka­tional Day of Ser­vice cleanup has been co-spon­sored by Her­itage Con­ser­vancy, Bris­tol Bor­ough and The ka­ture Con­ser­vancy to raise aware­ness of the site’s unique his­toric and nat­u­ral features. Her­itage Con­ser­vancy’s restora­tion and ed­u­ca­tional pro­grams in the marsh are fi­nanced, in part, through a Fed­eral Coastal Zone Man­age­ment Grant, ad­min­is­tered by the Penn­syl­va­nia De­part­ment of En­vi­ron­men­tal Pro­tec­tion (DEP).

“This an­nual day of ser­vice at Bris­tol Marsh is part of an on-go­ing ini­tia­tive to part­ner with com­mu­nity lead­ers, pub­lic of­fi­cials and the pub­lic to­ward a com­mon goal of good will to each other and the en­vi­ron­ment,” said Linda Ca­cossa, Chief Op­er­at­ing Of­fi­cer for Her­itage Con­ser­vancy. “Thank you to the vol­un­teers who par­tic­i­pated. Through their ef­fort, we are bet­ter able to en­sure the preser­va­tion of our land and nat­u­ral re­sources.”

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