Friday, April 16, 2010

5th Annual Regional Street & Stream Cleanup

The Bangor Area Storm Water Group is soliciting help from community groups, businesses, families, and individuals in conducting our Fifth Annual Regional Street & Stream Cleanup. This event is taking place in several locations throughout the Bangor Urban Area. Volunteers will meet for a short safety discussion before heading out to the designated cleanup sites. All volunteers will be provided with free T-shirts as well as gloves and safety vests to wear during the event.  After cleanup activities, groups will reassemble for a free BBQ luncheon and celebration of our volunteers’ hard work.

This event is a coordinated regional effort to clean up our local waterways and protect water quality, as well as to build community awareness about storm water pollution. The Stream Cleanup promises to be a fun and socially rewarding event, each year focusing on different locations throughout the seven municipalities forming the Bangor Urban Area (Bangor, Brewer, Orono, Old Town, Veazie, Hampden, and Milford). Last year was our fourth annual regional cleanup, and it was a huge success with over 300 volunteers participating in the collection of trash along the Penobscot River and its tributaries throughout the region.

If you would like to volunteer for this year’s events please meet us at one of the following locations:

Hampden: May 1, 2010
9:00 am, meeting at Hampden Town Office
Contact: Bob Osborne, 862-6527,

Veazie: May 8, 2010
9:00 am, meeting at the Veazie Salmon Club
Contact: Allan Thomas, 947-2781,

Bangor: May 15, 2010
9:00 am, meeting behind the Airport Mall
Contact: Wendy Warren, 992-4255,

Brewer: May 15, 2010 (Rain Date May 22, 2010)
8:00 am, meeting at Brewer Auditorium
Contact: Ken Locke, 989-5417,

Orono: May 15, 2010
9:00 am, meeting at Orono Town Office
Contact: William Murphy, 866-5051,

Milford: May 15, 2010
9:00 am, meeting at the Milford Town Office
Contact: Barbara Cox, 827-2072,

University of Maine: April 28, 2010
Contact: Scott Wilkerson, 581-3049,

The Regional Stream Cleanup started in 2006 as a way to comply with the Public Education and Participation requirements of the Maine Department of Environmental Protection Storm Water Permit. This event is coordinated by members of the Bangor Area Storm Water Group, in conjunction with the University of Maine Cooperative Extension and the Penobscot County Soil & Water Conservation District. All of the funds necessary to perform the event are raised locally through donations. No taxpayer funds are used for this program.