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Watershed Institute plans several days of stream cleanups

East Windsor and The Watershed Institute co-sponsored, in cooperation with the Americorps Watershed Ambassador Program, a stream cleanup at Etra Lake Park on Disbrow Hill Road. Over 80 volunteers, young and adult, joined in the stream cleanup on April 24, collecting 706 pounds of trash and recyclables at Etra Lake Park.

Volunteers from 12 local communities will gather to transform local rivers, lakes and streams during the 16th annual Watershed Stream Cleanups.

The stream cleanups are taking place on April 9, and April 23-24.

Each year thousands of pounds of trash and pollutants are washed from streets and yards into rivers and streams, eventually flowing into New Jersey’s bays and the ocean.  

“Stream cleanups have an enormous impact on our water quality, protecting the environment and removing tons of trash,” Jim Waltman, executive director of The Watershed Institute, said in a prepared statement. “We appreciate the willingness of volunteers, neighbors and families to join forces to help clean up our water.”

To date, more than 6,900 volunteers helped keep waterways safe by gathering and disposing of 125,000 pounds of trash and unwanted waste from local streams and rivers, according to the statement. 

The cleanup is a way to honor Earth Day and gives people a hands-on opportunity to take responsibility for their environment, to make a difference and to interact with fellow community members, according to the statement. 

Preregistration is required, but drop-in volunteers will be asked to complete waivers. More information is available from Olivia Spildooren at 609-737-3735, ext. 21 or ospildooren@thewatershed.org.

Volunteers should wear closed-toed shoes and long-sleeved shirts. Bring gloves and a reusable water bottle. Rain gear is encouraged for inclement weather, but volunteers will be cleaning rain or shine. 

Event T-shirts and snacks will be provided at each location.

For participation dates, times and locations, visit https://thewatershed.org/stream-cleanups.

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