Our Opinion: Stream Team volunteers clean up dumped debris

News Tribune editorial

Stream Team members look forward to a day when they may enjoy breakfast together and perhaps conduct a scavenger hunt along the banks of a pristine Wear’s Creek.

Saturday is not likely to be that day, if past history is an indicator.

Volunteers will gather Saturday morning to participate in the second annual Wear’s Creek Cleanup.

Last year, more than 200 volunteers removed 240 pounds of trash, another 240 pounds of recyclables and more than 2,500 pounds of metal and steel from the creek.

This year’s event will be held from 8:30 a.m.-noon, beginning at the state parking lot on West Main Street.

Volunteers will enjoy a light breakfast and coffee, then be equipped with a pair of gloves, trash bags and instructions. A scavenger hunt also will be held in connection with the cleanup.

Participants are encouraged to dress appropriately for water and mud. Registration may be made at www.servejeffcity.com or on Saturday morning.

Trained Stream Team members familiar with the terrain will be available to provide guidance and direction for volunteers.

Stream Team volunteers represent church, school and civic groups, as well as families and concerned individuals.

“It’s a great way to get together with the community and do something meaningful, said Naomi Gebo, a Stream Team biologist with the state Department of Conservation fisheries division.

Organizers hope the cleanup also will raise awareness about the need to eliminate littering and dumping.

We commend the Stream Team volunteers for their service to the community.

And we urge everyone to help lighten their load by refraining from dumping debris and littering the landscape.

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