We are partnering with the Ocean Conservancy and their Trash Free Seas Program in a cleanup of the Crow Creek Watershed on Saturday, September 16, from 9:00 a.m. until noon. Every plastic bag or Styrofoam cup that blows out of a trash can, down the street, and into the storm drain can very easily end up in the Gulf of Mexico. While we will be providing equipment for those willing to wade the stream to pick up trash, we are hoping that all of the neighborhoods in the watershed will consider asking the city to provide a giant dumpster so everyone can clean their own yards and garages. In addition to the formal cleanup event, we ask you to Walk Your Block to pick up trash from the gutters and alleys to keep things like cigarette butts and gum wrappers (which are made of plastic) out of our rivers and oceans.
On Saturday morning, September 16, we will meet at the Crow Creek Meadow, 1025 East 33rd Place, at 9:00 a.m. to register, divide into teams, and pick up equipment. We plan to send teams to wade in Crow Creek. In addition, we need some people to work on the meadow and we hope to have enough people to send a crew to Brookside for some sidewalk/gutter cleaning. Do you know a place in the watershed that needs to be cleaned up? Please let us know about it and we will try to send a crew there as well. Most of the trash that ends up in Crow Creek comes via the storm drains so everything we can pick up before it reaches the storm drain is one less thing in the water.
If you have a group of people that would like to take responsibility for a particular area, we can provide you equipment and forms to keep track of what you find in advance.
This year we have a new cell phone app to keep track of everything we collect. You can download Clean Swell from your app store for free. Please use Crow Creek as the group name when you submit your data so we can estimate the trash we pick up for our reporting requirements.
To register for the cleanup go to: