Fall 2021 Sweep the Creek
Neighbors across the Sligo watershed will Sweep the Creek of litter that has polluted the Creek through the storm drains, been dropped along the trails, tossed from cars, dumped, etc.
Seven eastern painted turtles bask in the sun on a large upholstered chair floating in the Wheaton Stormwater Ponds. Photo by Stephen Davies, Aug 18, 2021
When: Sat, Sept 25 and Sun Sept 26
FOSC Stewards and other volunteers will be staffing tables from 9am -11:00am on Sat, Sept 25 and from 1pm – 3:00pm on Sun, Sept 26 to sign in Sweep volunteers, give out bags, gloves and other supplies and suggest locales for Sweeping.
For Larger Groups: Please fill out the Parks Dept Group COVID waiver form. We are working to obtain clarification on the size of groups which are required to submit the form.
For Students: Students can receive service-learning credit; we will sign the forms at the event or afterward.
The FOSC Sweep coincides with National Public Lands Day, Sept. 25, the nation’s largest single-day volunteer event for public lands.
|Section||Day, Time, Location|
|Section 1 Downstream from New Hampshire Ave||Saturday Sept. 25, 9-11:00 am at Hillwood Manor Park.|
|Section 1 Prince George's County ||Saturday, Sept. 25, 9-11:00 am Litter and invasive plant removal. Meet at the Parklawn Building, 1601 East-West Highway, Hyattsville, MD 20783 (along Sligo Creek in PG.) In coordination with MoCo Parks, Pr. George’s Parks and MoCo Parks Weed Warriors. Register here.|
|Section 2 Maple Ave to NH Ave||Saturday, Sept. 25, 9-11:00 am at Flower Ave. & Garland Ave.|
|Section 3 Piney Branch to Maple Ave||Saturday, Sept. 25, 9-11:00 am at the parking lot near the intersection of Sligo Creek Parkway and Kennebec Rd.|
|Section 4 Wayne Ave to Piney Branch||Saturday, Sept. 25, 9-11:00 am at the parking lot by the tennis courts just upstream from Piney Branch Rd.|
|Section 4 Wayne Ave to Piney Branch||Sunday, Sept. 26, 1-3:00 pm at the parking lot by the tennis courts just upstream from Piney Branch Rd.|
|Section 5 Colesville Rd to Wayne Ave||Saturday, Sept. 25, 9-11:00 am in the parking lot along Sligo Creek Parkway just upstream (north) from Three Oaks Drive.|
|Section 6 Forest Glen to Colesville Road||Saturday, Sept. 25, 9-11:00 am in the Dallas Avenue parking lot.|
|Sections 7 & 8 University to Forest Glen Road||Saturday, Sept. 25, 9-11:00 am at Dennis Ave Recreation Center.|
|Section 9 Upstream from University||Sunday, Sept 26, 1-3:00 pm at Kemp Mill Shopping Center at the intersection of Arcola Ave. and Lamberton Dr.|
|Section 10 Upper Long Branch Upstream of Wayne at Long Branch Village||Sunday, Sept. 26, 1-3:00 pm at the corner of Wayne Ave. and Long Branch Parkway (the northwest corner of Long Branch-Wayne Local Park).|
|Section 10 Upper Long Branch||Sunday, Sept. 26, 1-3:00 pm at Long Branch LIBRARY at the far end of the parking lot on the library side of the walking bridge|
|Section 10 Middle Long Branch Piney Branch Ave to Carroll Ave||Saturday, Sept. 25, 9-11:00 am at Rolling Terrace Elementary School.|
|Section 10 Lower Long Branch Carroll Ave to the confluence with Sligo Creek||Saturday, Sept. 25, 9-11:00 am at Becca Lilly Park|
|Section 12 Wheaton Stormwater Ponds||Sunday, Sept 26, 10-12:00 pm at the Stormwater Ponds on south side of Dennis Ave at Grandin Rd, east of Evans Parkway.|
FOSC Stewards supported Individual / Small Group Sweeps by giving out trash bags and gloves and organizing small groups to tackle litter hot-spots according to Parks’ guidelines for safe, socially-distanced activities. A special thanks goes out to Ed Murtagh who organized the Spring Sweep this year.
If you found participating in the Sweep rewarding, you can continue to “sweep the creek” on your walks in Sligo. Dispose of the litter in the Park trash cans or at home in your regular trash and recycling.
Ed Murtagh, Sweep organizer, with friends surveying the haul at a Sweep in Section 8
Section 4 Sweep supply table with Councilmember Evan Glass and volunteers
Ross and Maureen staffing a Sweep supply table in Section 6
Sweeping in Section 3 Photo © Julius Kassovic