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Local Volunteers Help Kick Off 8th Annual Streamside Cleanup

Posted April 22, 2013, at 4:25 p.m.
Last modified April 22, 2013, at 6 p.m.
Maine Cleanup Volunteers
Maine Cleanup Volunteers
Trash picked up around the Airport Mall
Trash picked up around the Airport Mall

To help celebrate Earth Day and keep the Bangor Area clean, Maine Cleanup and the Maine Air and Army National Guard cleaned up their local streams. On April 20th Maine Cleanup a group of over seventy volunteers, worked around Sucker Brook in the Bangor/Hermon area and picked up approximately 100 bags of trash. Additionally on April 22nd forty Guard Members cleaned up their neighborhood around Birch Stream and also removed around 100 bags of trash and a few shopping carts.

The 8th Annual Streamside Cleanup is a multiple day event coordinated by the Bangor Area Storm Water Group. There are several more events scheduled in the communities where volunteers can help protect our local water resources. This is a great opportunity to get outside and enjoy the fresh spring air with friends and family, while truly making a difference in your community and for our environment. Kids and adults, local organizations, groups and individuals are welcome. All volunteers will be provided with free T-shirts as well as gloves and safety vests to wear during the event. After cleanup activities, groups will reassemble for a free BBQ luncheon and celebration of our volunteers’ hard work.

This event is a coordinated regional effort to clean up our local waterways and reduce polluted stormwater runoff. The cleanup promises to be a fun and socially rewarding event, each year focusing on different locations throughout the seven municipalities forming the Bangor Urban Area (Bangor, Brewer, Orono, Old Town, Veazie, Hampden, and Milford). Every year over 300 volunteers help clean up the region by the collecting trash along the Penobscot River and its tributaries throughout the region.

If you would like to volunteer for this year’s remaining events please visit our website at www.baswg.org for the list of dates and locations.

The Regional Stream Cleanup started in 2006 as a way to comply with the Public Education and Participation requirements of the Maine Department of Environmental Protection Storm Water Permit. This event is coordinated by members of the Bangor Area Storm Water Group, in conjunction with the University of Maine Cooperative Extension and the Penobscot County Soil & Water Conservation District. All of the funds necessary to perform the event are raised locally through donations. No taxpayer funds are used for this program.

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