For the second consecutive year, Clackamas County Water Environment Services (WES) is partnering with the nonprofit SOLVE, to invite the public to participate in a series of Summer Waterway Cleanups to keep area streams, rivers and communities clean and healthy. The 2019 series kicks off on Thursday, May 23, from 9 a.m. to noon at 3 Creeks Natural Area located at 7300 SE Harmony Road in Milwaukie.
Participants learn firsthand how objects on the ground will eventually end up in waterways if not removed due to stormwater runoff, which is a leading cause of water pollution in Oregon.
Litter is a serious environmental problem. Oregon's most common litter includes cigarette butts, plastic bottles and caps, food wrappers, and plastic bags. Even the smallest bits of trash can be harmful. For example, cigarette butts flow into storm drains, then directly to our rivers and streams. Cigarette butts, tiny bits of plastic, and other trash are eaten by marine life. If we eat seafood, we may also ingest these contaminants.
During last year’s 51 Summer Waterway Cleanup events, 1,248 volunteers removed 8,480 pounds of trash and other debris.
WES partners with organizations and nonprofits engaged in watershed stewardship and water-quality improvement efforts to help protect public health and the environment in northern Clackamas County and the region. SOLVE is helping WES manage the Summer Waterway Cleanups and works to mobilize and train volunteers of all ages to clean and restore neighborhoods and natural areas, and to build a legacy of stewardship across Oregon.
Join us! To register for the Summer Waterway Cleanup kickoff on May 23, click here.
To learn more about WES partnerships, grant funding opportunities, and additional upcoming events in Clackamas County, visit the WES website at www.clackamas.us/wes.
Contact: Todd Loggan