It truly did seem to be a “public lands” celebration during our fall Sweep the Creek. Held as part of National Public Lands Day, we had a stellar turnout of 409 volunteers who worked in 11 sections along the creek to collect about 324 bags of trash. A beaver was also spotted in Creek Section 5, between Wayne Ave and Colesville Road, obviously attracted by the positive energy and spirit of our volunteers! The Sweep cleanup sites were also listed as part of the Ocean Conservancy’s annual International Coastal Cleanup and The Mid-Atlantic “Day to Serve” sponsored by many Governors and Mayors in the region.
We were happy to see many individuals, teens, and families grabbing orange bags, and also a larger-than-usual number of groups participating, including: Cub Packs 64, 478 and 928 (and one or two others whose number we missed, we apologize); Difference Makers Club from Takoma Park Middle School; Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints; Whole Foods; University of Maryland student group; and one birthday party that included sweeping the creek among its activities.
See the scenes from the fall Sweep on our website and plan to join the fun in the spring during our next Sweep the creek!