PA Environment Digest –Keep PA Beautiful is now accepting registrations for volunteer cleanups for Pick Up Pennsylvania, part of the International Coastal Cleanup running from September 1 to October 31.
A significant portion of waterway pollution originates on land. When it rains, plastics, trash on sidewalks and streets accumulates and is swept into storm drains.
Most storm drain systems discharge directly into the nearest creek or river, eventually flowing to the ocean taking all the trash with it.
To prevent litter from ending up in our waterways, Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful coordinates Pick Up Pennsylvania, in support of the Ocean Conservancy’s International Coastal Cleanup.
“Cleaning up your local park or street that you live on might seem unrelated to healthy waterways, especially when there isn’t any water in sight, but I think we have all seen litter blocking storm drains. Cleaning up that litter before it has a chance to be washed into the creek will significantly reduce the amount of trash that reaches our local waterways and eventually, our oceans,” explained Shannon Reiter, President of Keep PA Beautiful. “Please lend a hand and join us in a cleanup this fall.”