Schuylkill Scrub seeks cleanup participants

A view of the Schuylkill River from the trail by Auburn in Schuylkill County, Pa. (File photo by Lisa Mitchell)

Planning a spring cleanup near the Schuylkill River? The Schuylkill Action Network would like your event added to the Schuylkill Scrub.

Add your event at SchuylkillScrub.org and you will be registered to win a rain barrel. Events must occur prior to May 31.

More than 1,500 people have already signed up to help out at Schuylkill Scrub events this year, aiming to pick up litter on lands near Pennsylvanias River of the Year.

Many people are aware of the Philly Spring Cleanup on April 5, but what happens if youre busy during those five hours? said Tom Davidock, an employee of the Partnership for the Delaware Estuary, which coordinates the Schuylkill Action Network. Thats whats so great about the Schuylkill Scrub; youve got a hundred events from which to choose.

Last years cleanups covered 100 miles along the river, from Pottsville to Philadelphia.

Any cleanups planned during Pick It Up Pa Days, April 12 to May 5, can drop off collected trash at participating landfills for free or at a reduced tipping fee. And those events that also register with Keep Pennsylvania Beautifuls Great American Cleanup of Pa. (http://gacofpa.org/), can receive free gloves, trash bags and safety vests.

The Green Valleys Association and the Hay Creek Watershed Association of greater Pottstown founded the Schuylkill Scrub in 2010. Since then, dozens of organizations have partnered to promote local cleanups as part of the Schuylkill Scrub including the Perkiomen Watershed Conservancy located in Schwenksville.

Approximately 2,000 square miles of land drain to the Schuylkill River, making it the largest influence on the tidal Delaware River and Bay, otherwise known as the Delaware Estuary. Over 2,400 Pennsylvanians selected the Schuylkill as their River of the Year in January.

for more information, visit SchuylkillScrub.org. Volunteers can also call Tom Davidock of the Partnership for the Delaware Estuary at 800-445-4935, extension 109.