Volunteering in our Community
Volunteers from SVTU have no problem helping with stream clean up events in Montgomery County. We have worked in hot, humid conditions and have walked miles picking up trash along streams.
Little Seneca Creek, April 2015
We are making progress, maybe. The pile of trash from 2015 is smaller, but still too much! We seem to be making progress on the tires, only recovered one this year. We had a smaller crew (several not pictured) but we covered about the same area as in the past but recovered less.
Little Seneca Creek, April 2013
Eight volunteers worked in the morning and collected: Three recycled wire fence sections, 45 plastic deer guard cages, ten bags of trash, 14 tires, four plastic bags, one bat box, one toilet, one lawn chair, one sink, one picnic cooler and various car parts: Front grill, headlight and directional signal. The number of plastic bags found is way down since the county instituted the bag fee. The two boys helping us that morning enjoyed seeing beaver sticks and found a box turtle shell.
Little Seneca Creek, April 2012
SVTU members and SAE Fraternity members from the University of Maryland worked at the Little Seneca Creek site during the TU National Stream Clean-up Day. Everyone worked hard on a drizzly rainy day. Three tires, one buoy and 600+ lbs of trash were collected by the group.
Montgomery & Washington Counties, April 2010
On April 17, 2010, ten members and guests of SVTU participated in a stream cleanup at two locations in Maryland. For four hours, five members and guests cleaned a section of Beaver Creek and Black Rock Run, a key tributary in Washington County, Maryland. The area cleaned is a state-stocked, put-and-take section directly upstream of the catch-and-release, fly-fishing only section.
The second cleanup location on April 17 was along Little Seneca Creek in Montgomery County. Five members of SVTU plus volunteers from the Rockville store of REI (Recreational Equipment, Inc.) collected a healthy quantity of trash in about three hours.
After the success of the April clean up effort, SVTU reached out to staff of the Maryland Park Service (MPS) and asked them to suggest a stream for attention on June 26. MPS was happy for the offer of assistance. Eight members and guests of SVTU endured a extremely hot, humid and sweaty three hours to sweep a long section of the put-and-take section of Great Seneca Creek in Montgomery County Maryland.
In total, SVTU members and guests contributed 60 hours to stream cleanup efforts in Washington and Montgomery counties in Maryland. We collected several full pickup loads of trash from streams and adjacent areas and reached out to Maryland’s Parks Service and REI, two organizations that SVTU had not worked with in the past. All in all, three successful events, even if one was a sweat fest!