The Manheim Township Sustainability Advisory Committee is seeking volunteers for their Stoner Park Stream Clean-Up event on Saturday, October 9th.
The event is open to the public 9 am to 11 am with the sole purpose of cleaning up trash that will aid in ridding the area of pollutants around the water and stream, that eventually flows into the Chesapeake Bay. Area includes tributary of the Conestoga River that flows under Route 222, and into Stoner Park.
Sustainability Advisory Committee Member, Ryan Dodson said, “from my perspective it’s a very difficult part of the township to clean up. It’s heavily wooded and is adjacent to Route 222 so the limited access, plus the heavy litter load warrants such a project and clean initiative.
The Chesapeake Bay and its tributaries are threatened with two major pollutants, nitrogen and chemical contaminants. These two waterborne pollutants affect the water quality not just locally, but regionally. Even natural sources of air pollution like lightning, dust storms, and forest fires can cause negative affects on our waterways. A project such as this is very important to the longevity and health of our ecosystem and communities.
“This clean-up effort is the first of several planned to help keep pollutants out of our waterways,” said Commissioner Carol Gifford. “We will be inviting volunteers to join our effort. We will work to better educate the public about the importance of clean streams in wastewater management and the health of larger rivers and bays.”
The committee and volunteers will meet shortly before 9 am at the Stoner Park parking lot off Winchester Drive, in the Northbrook development.
Pizza will be provided to all volunteers at the end of clean-up.
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Declan Murphy, Manheim Township Communications Specialist
W: 717-569-6406 Ext: 1140