Lower Susquehanna Heritage Greenway’s 19th annual River Sweep, a volunteer shoreline and roadside clean-up in honor of Earth Day, will take place in Havre de Grace, Conowingo, Perryville, Port Deposit, Charlestown and Garrett Island on Saturday, April 27.
Over the past 18 years, River Sweep volunteers have removed nearly 110 tons of trash from area roads and waterways.
Online volunteer pre-registration takes place through Tuesday, April 23, at www.upperbaytrails.com or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Volunteers may also register at one of the sites the day of River Sweep, but registering in advance is encouraged so that the proper amount of supplies can be provided.
Photo Credit: Conowingo Elementary Enviro-Club
On April 27, volunteers are asked to check in at 8:30 a.m., with the clean-up from 9 a.m. to noon, rain or shine. Meeting locations are:
• Tydings Park, Havre de Grace: Commerce Street
• Conowingo Creek (Boat Lunch), Conowingo: 2 Mt. Zoar Road (Mt. Zoar Road and the water)
• Octoraro Creek (Conowingo Community Park), Conowingo: 1720 Susquehanna River Road
• Marina Park, Port Deposit: 190 South Main Street
• Perryville Boat Launch and Garrett Island, Perryville: 501 Roundhouse Drive
• Perryville Community Park, Perryville: Marion Tapp Parkway
• North East River shoreline, Charlestown: 8 Louisa Lane
• Eagle Point/Long Point, Charlestown: Water & Conestoga Streets
Those interested in volunteering on Garrett Island should bring their kayaks and canoes and meet at the Boat Launch in Perryville. Boaters are also welcome.
River Sweep participants will fan out to spend the morning removing trash and other debris from the Upper Bay region, including the Chesapeake Bay, Susquehanna River, North East River, and tributaries.
River Sweep volunteers are encouraged to wear old clothes and to bring work gloves. Volunteers who sign up in advance will receive lunch.
Last year, volunteers, including individuals, families and youth groups, removed eleven tons of trash.
Sponsors of the 2019 River Sweep include Maryland Heritage Areas Authority and Exelon Generation.
Lower Susquehanna Heritage Greenway is a nonprofit organization based in Darlington whose mission is to stimulate local economic activity by developing a linkage between natural, historic and cultural resources. This linkage is a series of land and water recreational trails that weave the past into the future while promoting an understanding and appreciation for the character of the region. The trail system also has been designated a priority segment of both the Star-Spangled Banner National Historic Trail and the Captain John Smith Chesapeake National Historic Trail. For more information about Lower Susquehanna Heritage Greenway, visit www.upperbaytrails.com.