Neighbors, school groups, clubs, families and other creek stewards work together twice yearly to remove litter from Sligo Creek, both to restore its natural beauty and to develop a closer connection to this wonderful natural resource in the heart of our communities.

Sweep the Creek: An Initiative of the FOSC Stewards

Spring and Fall, hundreds of people come out to help rid the park of trash, keep the water clean for wildlife and plants and experience the wonders of Sligo Creek in a new way. FOSC volunteers don gloves, boots, even waders, to collect an amazing variety of plastic, metal, glass and other trash that finds its way into the 8 mile length of Sligo Creek Park. Sometimes so many volunteers come out that we can also tackle eradication of invasive vines and plants under direction of a certified Weed Warrior volunteer and our Remove Invasives Program committee. Known as Sweep the Creek, it’s a FOSC signature program usually held over 2 days.

Sweep the Creek is back!

This spring, more than 400 volunteers swept Sligo of litter over two weeks in April. Thank you, all! 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.

Share your photos of your sweep and you and your “favorite” trash finds on facebook (hashtag #FOSCSweeptheCreek) or email them to [email protected] and we’ll post them on the website.

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.

A Dad and two kids sweeping the creek.

Sweeping in Section 3 Photo © Julius Kassovic

Sligo Litter Listserv

To explore ways to address Sligo Trash collected from the creekplastic and other kinds of litter, we have established the fosc-litter listserv. If you have an interest in litter issues beyond the bi-annual Sweep the Creek litter pick-up, you are welcome to join the listserv. Email [email protected] to request an invitation to join.

Recently the Litter group discussed other ways to tackle litter in Sligo, including: installing a trash trap in Sligo; contacting other area organizations involved in litter reduction; pursuing bag and bottle legislation; restarting storm drain painting; listing hotspots for trash in Sligo; and other ideas.

Fall 2020 FOSC Individual / Family Sweep the Creek

Many proud sweepers took care of our park and sent us their photos. Thank you for pitching to keep Sligo Creek Park clean! The wildlife thank you too.

Share your photos of your individual / family Sweep on facebook (friends of sligo creek) or email them to [email protected]

Litter covering the ground between two logs in Sligo Creek park.A group of volunteers getting ready to pick up a large pile of aluminum cans between two logs.Thanks to a partnership with the Montgomery County Parks Department, FOSC is able to provide gloves and bags for every volunteer. The trash and recycling that volunteers collect is picked up by the Parks Department.

To learn about the next event, check out the FOSC Calendar of Events. If you join Friends of Sligo Creek you will get our newsletter delivered right to your inbox so you have a convenient heads up about upcoming events and what’s going on in Sligo Creek.

Many people collect trash and recycling between Sweep the Creek events. If you do so, you can put the materials you collect either in the trash cans in the park or dispose of them at home in your regular trash and recycling containers.

The Sweep the Creek program is an initiative of the Sligo Stewards and the Litter Committee. While we have a lead for the Sweep itself, the chairperson position for the larger Litter Committee is vacant. Please let us know via [email protected] if you are interested in this volunteer position or in becoming a member of the Litter Committee.

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