Monday, April 16, 2012

7th 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 7th 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 6th 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:
UMA Bangor Campus: April 20
Contact: Patrick Decker, 262-7730,
Bangor: April 21—Shaw Brook & Outer Hammond Street
Hosted by Maine Cleanup
9:00 am, meet at Sports Arena 1640 Outer Hammond St
Contact: Tim Pellett, 848-7095,
Bangor: April 22—Doughty School Neighborhood
Hosted by Maine Street Corridor
9:00 am, meet 143 Fifth Street
Contact: Rose Vanadesitne, 992-4241,
Old Town: April 22
9:00 am
Contact: Doug Hill, 827-3974,
Eastern Maine Community College: April 24—Tech Day
Contact: Dan Belyea, 947-4664,
University of Maine: April 25—Maine Day
Contact: Scott Wilkerson, 581-3049,
Bangor: April 29—All Souls Church Community Service Day
10:00 am, meet at All Souls Church 10 Broadway
Contact: Mary Warner, 944-8503,
Veazie: April 29
9:00 am, meeting at the Veazie Salmon Club
Contact: Brian Stoyell, 947-2781,
Bangor: May 5—Capehart Brook Cleanup
9:00 am, meet at Assembly of God Church 614 Finson Rd
Contact: Wendy Warren, 992-4255,
Hampden: May 5
9:00 am, meeting at Town Office Community Room
106 Western Avenue
Contact: Bob Osborne, 862-6527,
Brewer: May 12
8:00 am, meeting at Brewer Auditorium
Contact: Ken Locke, 989-5417,
Orono: May 12
9:00 am, meeting at Orono Town Office
Contact: William Murphy, 866-5051,
Ruth Vaughan,
Milford: May 12
9:00 am, meeting at the Milford Town Office
Contact: Jana Wood, 827-2072,

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.