According to the sponsoring organizations, tons of trash were picked up during this year's River Sweep.
In Havre de Grace, volunteers removed 900 pounds of trash including five propane tanks, 12 tires and one monster tire, large metal cylinders reminiscent of airplane parts, a shopping cart and car batteries in addition to other trash and debris. Volunteers included individuals, families, Girl Scout Troops and senior citizens plus Havre de Grace Green Team, CAT (Citizens Against Trash), Havre de Grace Recreation Committee and volunteers from Vulcan Materials.
In Marina Park in Port Deposit, volunteers filled a 15-yard dumpster with trash and debris.
In the Octoraro Creek area north of Port Deposit, volunteers collected approximately 30 bags of trash including two tires, carpet and a tarp. At the Conowingo Creek Boat Launch, volunteers from Perryville Middle School, Conowingo Elementary School, Rising Sun High School, Conowingo Lions Club and MSSA collected 100 bags of trash and debris.
The Perryville volunteers, which included a Brownie Troop, families from Conowingo Elementary School and staffers from Hollywood Casino at Perryville plus those with canoes and kayaks who visited Garrett Island, removed about two tons of trash including 10 tires, several compressed air or acetylene tanks, a full-size refrigerator and a large plastic tank.
At the National Historic Tome School, volunteers removed five dump truck loads of trash and 34 bags of debris. The debris was repurposed on another location of the site to fertilize the grounds. Volunteers at the National Historic Tome School included the Perryville High School men's lacrosse team.
At Principio Furnace, students at Perryville Middle School cleared brush and debris from the creek and historic site, and on May 6, Elkton Middle School students will complete the job.
Totals for River Sweep 2014 are still being calculated, but organizers noted in a statement that in the prior 13 years, more that 72 tons of trash and junk has been removed from the shorelines, the river and the bay.
In addition to the Lower Susquehanna Heritage Greenway, sponsors of the 2014 River Sweep included Maryland Heritage Areas Authority and Exelon Generation. In-kind services such as trash disposal were provided by Harford and Cecil county governments, the Town of Port Deposit, Town of Perryville and the City of Havre de Grace
Lower Susquehanna Heritage Greenway is a nonprofit organization based in Darlington whose mission is to stimulate local economic activity by developing a linkage to natural, historic and cultural resources through land and water recreational trails. To date, 22 miles of continuous public recreation trails connecting Harford and Cecil counties have been constructed. The trail system also has been designated a priority segment of both the Star-Spangled Banner National Historic Trail and the Captain John Smith Chesapeake National Historic Trail. For more information about Lower Susquehanna Heritage Greenway, visit http://www.hitourtrails.com.