June 23, 2018
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Volunteers Haul-Out 296 Pounds of Trash in Long Creek Watershed Feeding Third Hydro International Trash Study

Community Author: Bridget Domareki
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Bridget Domareki|Hydro International
Bridget Domareki|Hydro International
Members of the Portland-based Hydro International office participated in the 3rd annual Long Creek trash cleanup event on June 1. Left to right: Charles Horton, Addie Halligan (City of South Portland), Andrew Anastasio, Griffin Wood, Jeremy Fink, Bridget Domareki, Cheryl Goulet, Peter Carney (Long Creek Watershed Management District), Tim Manson, Sebastian Roesner, Jim Newkirk, Alyssa Battles, Chris Vallee. [Absent from Photo]

PORTLAND ─ Hydro International, a global supplier of products and services used for the treatment of storm and waste water, joined local volunteers on Friday, June 1 at the Long Creek Watershed Management District cleanup event in South Portland. In collaboration with City of South Portland, the volunteers picked up 296 pounds of trash to help restore the health of Long Creek, while at the same time furthering Hydro’s environmental stewardship trash study for a third consecutive year.

The Maine Department of Environmental Protection has identified the Long Creek as an urban impaired stream. A total of 29 trash bags were collected by City of South Portland, the Long Creek Watershed Management District, GGP-Maine Mall L.L.C., and Hydro International employees, from an area near the Maine Mall along Philbrook Avenue in a four-hour period.

When completed in late July, the latest 2018 Hydro Trash study will be made available online as a free resource for Maine municipalities, some of which have used the previous 2016 and 2017 studies to guide policy decisions around plastic bags.