Wednesday, April 20, 2011

6th Annual Regional Street & Stream Cleanup

The Bangor Area Storm Water Group is looking for volunteers from our communities to help protect our local water resources at the 6th Annual Regional Street and Stream Cleanup. This is a great opportunity to get outside and enjoy the fresh spring air with friends and family, while truly making a difference in your community and for our environment. Kid and adults, local organizations, groups and individuals are welcome. 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 reduce polluted runoff. The 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 5th 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 7
9:00 am, meet at the Town Office Community Room, 106 Western Ave
Contact: Bob Osborne, 862-6527,

Veazie: May14 
9:00 am, meet at the Veazie Salmon Club
Contact: Allan Thomas, 947-2781,

Bangor: April 23 – Shaw Brook & Outer Hammond Street 
9:00 am, meet at Sports Arena, 1640 Outer Hammond Street
Contact: Tim, 848-7095,

Bangor: May 14 – Capheart Brook & Finson Road
9:00 am, meet at Assembly of God Church, 614 Finson Road
Contact: Wendy Warren, 992-4255,

Brewer: May 14
8:00 am, meet at the Brewer Auditorium
Contact: Ken Locke, 989-5417,

Orono: May 14
9:00 am, meet at the Orono Town Office
Contact: William Murphy or Ruth Vaughan, 866-5051,,

University of Maine: April 27 
9:00 am, meet at Fogler Library
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.