Monday, April 22, 2013

Local Volunteers Help Kick Off 8th Annual Streamside Cleanup

922928_458190284263521_1740853225_nTo help celebrate Earth Day and keep the Bangor Area clean, Maine Cleanup and the Maine Air and Army National Guard cleaned up their local streams. On April 20th Maine Cleanup a group of over seventy volunteers, worked around Sucker Brook in the Bangor/Hermon area and picked up approximately 100 bags of trash. Additionally on April 22nd forty Guard Members cleaned up their neighborhood around Birch Stream and also removed around 100 bags of trash and a few shopping carts. birch stream - airport mallThe 8th Annual Streamside Cleanup is a multiple day event coordinated by the Bangor Area Storm Water Group. There are several more events scheduled in the communities where volunteers can help protect our local water resources. 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. Kids and adults, local organizations, groups and individuals are welcome. 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 stormwater 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). Every year over 300 volunteers help clean up the region by the collecting trash along the Penobscot River and its tributaries throughout the region. If you would like to volunteer for this year’s remaining events please visit our website at www.baswg.org for the list of dates and locations. 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.

The 8th Annual Streamside Cleanup is Sponsored by:

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Monday, April 8, 2013

6th Annual Bangor Hermon Spring Clean up - Earth Day 2013

Please join us for the 6th Annual Earth Day Community Clean up event, scheduled for Saturday April 20th from 9 a.m. to noon, meeting at the Sports Arena parking located at 1640 Outer Hammond St. in Hermon.

It is an opportunity to volunteer and make a difference in our community by cleaning up litter in our local neighborhoods, parks and roadways. Past events have been very successful with groups of 50 people collecting more than 100 bags in Hermon alone. With more people, we can extend out to other parts of town.

Volunteers of all ages are welcome. Gloves, bags, safety vents and water will be provided. The event is rain or shine, so please dress accordingly. As always, trucks and trailers are needed to help assist with the pick up and transport of large items and trash bags.

Sponsorships and donations are always welcomed to assist with the funding of gloves, bags, safety vests, water, t-shirts, snacks, advertising and other promotional materials. In addition, two or three additional volunteers are needed to assist with the event logistics between 8:30 and 9:15 a.m.

The coverage area will include all of Hermon and the western side of Bangor. The event is hosted by Maine Cleanup, a citizen initiative group managed by Tim Pellett of Hermon. Any activity within Bangor limits is also supported by the City of Bangor and the Bangor Area Stormwater Group. For more information, please call Tim Pellett at 217-1497, email pellett@gmail.com.

Friday, April 5, 2013

April Meeting

The April meeting for the Bangor Area Storm Water Group will be held on April 11, 2013 from 9:00 am to 11:30 am at the Penobscot County Soil and Water Conservation District office located at the Bangor USDA Service Center, 1423 Broadway, Bangor, ME 04401 Tel (207) 941-1043

The meeting agenda includes

9:00 am Welcome and Introductions

9:10 am Organizational Business

  • Approval of BASWG meeting minutes
  • Stormwater Steward Status
  • Bangor Garden Show report
  • DIMS status update
  • Other Announcements

9:30 am PY5 Compliance Review

  • Check-in on all permit requirements required for completion by 6/30/13

9:45 am Suitability for Development Presentation

  • Presentation by LaMarr Clannon followed by Q&A

10:15 am Coffee Break

10:30 am Streamside Clean-up Planning

  • Regional coordination
  • Municipal Clean-up check-in
  • Anytime Stream Clean-ups – Church and Corporate Groups

11:00 am BASWG Website Review and Planning Session

  • Comparison of examples
  • Selecting key elements
  • Developing base mock-up for PCSWCD to work from

11:30 am Meeting adjourns