BANGOR — To help celebrate Earth Day and keep the Bangor Area clean, Maine Cleanup and the Maine Air and Army National Guard cleaned up local streams.
On April 20, Maine Cleanup, a group of more than 70 volunteers, worked around Sucker Brook in the Bangor-Hermon area and picked up approximately 100 bags of trash. On April 22, 40 National Guard members cleaned up the neighborhood around Birch Stream and also removed approximately 100 bags of trash and a few shopping carts.
The eighth annual Streamside Cleanup is a multiple-day event coordinated by the Bangor Area Storm Water Group. Several more events are scheduled at which volunteers can help protect local water resources. Children and adults, local organizations, groups, and individuals are invited to participate. Volunteers will be provided with free T-shirts as well as gloves and safety vests to wear during the event. After cleanup activities, a free barbecue luncheon will be provided.
This event is a coordinated regional effort to clean up local waterways and reduce polluted stormwater runoff.
Each year the cleanup focuses on different locations throughout the seven municipalities forming the Bangor Urban Area: Bangor, Brewer, Orono, Old Town, Veazie, Hampden, and Milford. Every year more than 300 volunteers help clean up the region by the collecting trash along the Penobscot River and its tributaries throughout the region.
To volunteer for the remaining events, visit baswg.org to access a list of list of dates and locations.