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Volunteers Needed: Schuylkill Scrub Cleanup

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 What: Schuylkill Scrub Cleanup

When: 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Saturday, May 19

Where: Upper Merion Boathouse Park, Water Street, Bridgeport, PA  19405

WILMINGTON, Del. — How can you help the Schuylkill Action Network (SAN) celebrate its 15th anniversary and do your part to keep the waters of the Schuylkill River Watershed clean? All it takes is just a little bit of your time.

 The Schuylkill Action Network (SAN) is looking for volunteers to help with a Schuylkill Scrub Cleanup, which will be held from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 19 at Upper Merion Boathouse Park, on Water Street in Bridgeport, Pennsylvania.


Join SAN partners: United by BluePhiladelphia Water DepartmentSchuylkill River Greenways NHA, the Partnership for the Delaware Estuary, and Luke's Lobster as they tackle the trash on the banks of our beloved river. Luke’s Lobster will provide snacks to volunteers that day.


This year is a special one for the SAN. The group celebrates 15 years of successful partnerships, restoration, and protection in the Schuylkill River and the tributaries that drain to it, otherwise known as the Schuylkill River Watershed. The SAN is a collaborative network of nonprofits, government agencies, water utilities, and academia working together to protect clean water in the Schuylkill River Watershed. The Schuylkill River Watershed alone is a source of drinking water for nearly two million people in the City of Philadelphia. It is part of the Delaware River Watershed that spans four states and provides drinking water for 15 million people in addition to being a major source of fresh water for the Delaware Estuary.


Fifteen years ago, the Philadelphia Water Department (PWD) identified threats to the Schuylkill River Watershed. As a result, PWD, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (PADEP) founded the SAN as a way to work with partners upstream to protect Philadelphia’s drinking water. The Partnership for the Delaware Estuary is the non-profit partner that coordinates the SAN.


Over the last 15 years, the SAN has grown from just a handful of partners to nearly 400 organizational and individual partners working together to protect water resources. Many of these members serve on one or more of the SAN’s seven workgroups (Abandoned Mine Drainage, Agriculture, Education and Outreach, Pathogens and Point Source, Recreation, Stormwater, Watershed Land Protection). Since 2006, SAN partners have also been awarded and have leveraged a total of $8.3 million through the Schuylkill River Restoration Fund, administered by Schuylkill River Greenways. This grant program provides funding for restoration and land transaction assistance projects, and is one of many that SAN partners have utilized to fund clean water projects in the region.


The May 19 Schuylkill Scrub is one in a series of special events the SAN has been holding this spring through the end of 2018, including other Schuylkill Scrub litter cleanups, bus tour, and a special SAN annual meeting on Friday, Nov. 9 at Albright College. The cleanups help keep trash and pollutants out of the watershed and storm drains. Volunteers for the May 19 event will be provided with trash bags, gloves and vests, and are advised to wear sturdy shoes that they don’t mind getting dirty or wet.

For more information about this event, contact Virginia Vassalotti at (800) 445-4935, ext. 121, or at Vvassalotti@DelawareEstuary.org. You can also visit Unitedbyblue.com/SchuylkillScrub. Stay updated about SAN’s 15-year anniversary events and sign up for SAN’s listserv by visiting http://www.schuylkillwaters.org. Information also can be found on the SAN’s Facebook page.


The Partnership for the Delaware Estuary is working with the Schuylkill Action Network and other partners across the region to protect and restore the waterways that keep communities healthy and the economy thriving.