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All photos by Lisa Borre

Fifty or more cheers for the 50 volunteers who showed up Saturday, April 2, on a gloomy morning to pick up trash for Project Clean Stream—which Bay-wide had more than 50,000 volunteers. The 50 who signed up through Back Creek Conservancy are the ones we’d like to give a special thanks to. This is our first big volunteer event, so to have four dozen people show up in the rain to clean up the shorelines of our creek is pretty darned special and makes us proud to live in this community.

Among the volunteer base were 11 students, many neighbors and friends, a handful of board members (and one very helpful mom of a board member), seven SpinSheet staffers, and a whole lot of friends who love their home creek.

Betsy Love and Daniel Walton organized their own Project Clean Stream event at the shoreline of St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, mainly using a dozen midshipmen for the heavy lifting. They picked up about 2/3 of a truckload of trash bags and metal debris, out of the four truckloads in total that were collected from Back Creek. Love and Walton are both Master Watershed Stewards, and this effort marks the beginning of a promising collaboration between the conservancy and this gifted group of highly trained community leaders.

DSC_0921_50pWe picked up 1743 pounds of trash in 115 bags in one morning! (The final tally came closer to one ton!) The booty included two bikes, two shopping carts, two tires, four auto batteries, an ancient radio, a safe, a headliner for car, a mossy backpack, a full can of Coors Light, Styrofoam cups, and more plastic bags and bottles and cigarette butts than we’d care to discuss.

Did we mention we uncovered a crime scene and discovered a wad of Canadian currency and many passports? See what goodies you may find when you volunteer?

Lorie and David with the 1750-pound heap of trash we collected from the Back Creek shores.

Lorie and David with the 1750-pound heap of trash we collected from the Back Creek shores.

Special thanks should go out to Lorie Stout, who singlehandedly organized the volunteers, created the cleanup action map, and took care of the registration table. Our board president David Barker manned the pickup truck with a smile on his face, and his wife Lisa Borre took the great pictures shown here.

For you kayakers, paddleboarders, and small boat enthusiasts, we will plan an on-the-water cleanup when the water warms up. Next up on our volunteer opportunity schedule is Greenscape on Saturday, April 23. If you’d like to help do some planting and beautification around Back Creek that day or volunteer for future events, sign up for our email list at the righthand side of this page.