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 an FOSC signature program usually held over 2 days.
This spring, Sweep the Creek will be held over two weeks. FOSC Stewards will be supporting Individual / Small Group Sweeps of the Creek in a way that follows guidelines for safe, socially distanced cleanups. FOSC won’t be organizing groups, and cleanups aren’t scheduled for specific times. Instead, FOSC volunteers will be at various locations in the park according to this schedule to give out gloves, trash, and recycling bags donated by the Montgomery Parks Department.
- Maximum size of groups participating is 30, though accommodations may be made for groups up to 50.
- Groups must abide by Montgomery Parks’ COVID 19 Requirements – Organized Group Cleanups.
- Group organizers must have attendees fill out the Waiver form, compile them, and submit as a package to [email protected]. And, Parks has also provided this link.
- Individuals and families do not need to fill out waivers.
- Face coverings are required during the cleanup.
- Individuals and families must maintain a 6 foot distance from other people while in the park.
We encourage you to pick up supplies for use whenever you conduct your individual / small group clean up(s). 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.
The trash and recycling that you collect will picked up by the Parks Department at designated locations or next to Park trash cans. Or you can dispose of them at home in your regular trash and recycling containers.