We all know and love Philadelphia’s Schuylkill River—130 miles of streaming water, with a watershed that covers approx. 2,000 square miles of land. We drive past it and row down it, but unfortunately many litter in it as well. Luckily, a team of environmental groups is stepping up to ‘scrub’ the river clean.
Starting April 15, the groups (including, Philadelphia Cares, Partnership of the Delaware River Estuary, and the Green Valleys Assoc.) will run a campaign called the Schuylkill Scrub. Their shared mission is to remove litter, preserve clean drinking water, protect wildlife, and encourage local residents to start their own cleaning campaigns.
The organizers of the Scrub are coordinating with the Great American Cleanup of Pennsylvania, which runs until May 31. The Great American Clean Up is organized by Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful, an affiliate of Keep America Beautiful, Inc. According to Keep PA Beautiful, illegally dumped trash can cost up to $1,000 per ton to clean up – even more incentive to join in on the river scrub and help beautify local outdoor spaces.
To join in, visit SchuykillScrub.org and register for an event in your community.