Bowie stream cleanup success prompts program evaluation -- Gazette.Net


Bowie officials are testing the waters to see if the city needs multiple volunteer-driven stream cleanups a year after the most recent one in October found area streams fairly clean.

More than 120 volunteers collected more than 2,100 pounds of debris during the Oct. 13 cleanup. While the bulk of the items found were recyclables, about 900 pounds of it were trash such as 15 abandoned tires and lawn chairs, according to a city report.

Since April 2008, the city has had two cleanups annually, one in April and the other in October, said Tiffany Wright, the citys watershed manager.

The program has collected about 15,370 pounds of trash since its inception and of that were 14,000 pounds of recyclables thanks to the efforts of more than 2,000 volunteers pitching in support.

With twice-annual cleanups, parts of some of the local waterways were in good enough shape that between now and the next scheduled cleanup in April 2013, the city government will be assessing the need for twice annual stream clean ups and whether to hit new streams according to a city report.

Im just not sure a lot of the streams need to be done twice, Wright said. Well never not do it because so many people really enjoy it.

If the program were to switch to once a year it would most likely keep the April cleanup that coincides with Earth Day, Wright said.