Field Update: Project Clean Stream

How do you help combat a global issue such as plastic pollution in the ocean? You start by protecting your local waterways!

Published March 30, 2017

More than 80 volunteers learned this lesson firsthand during our most recent cleanup event on March 25, where they joined forces to collect approximately 1,700 pounds of trash. These efforts helped to protect the health of not only our local waterways, but the Chesapeake Bay and the ocean as well.project-clean-stream-volunteer

The volunteers supported Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay’s Project Clean Stream, the largest cleanup effort in the Chesapeake Bay region. Last Saturday, volunteers united under sunny skies and with a common goal: to pick up as much trash as possible to clean the stream and living shoreline that connects the Baltimore City neighborhoods of Brooklyn and Curtis Bay to Masonville Cove.

Approximately two-thirds of the 1,700 pounds of trash collected was recyclable, illustrating the impact that recycling can have on the volume of trash in our waterways. By reducing the amount of plastic debris that blows or washes into the water, we support ocean and human health. project-clean-stream-volunteer

Volunteers also sorted out rigid plastics—which include most items except for bags, straws and polystyrene products—to be sent to TerraCycle, a recycling solutions company that repurposes plastic into new items.  

The National Aquarium is committed to preventing plastic pollution through conservation and education efforts. By working with communities near and far, we can help protect and preserve the health of the waterways that connect us all. 

The National Aquarium is proud to partner with Living Classrooms, the Maryland Port Administration and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in our work at Masonville Cove, and grateful to the Chesapeake Bay Trust for funding this cleanup event.

Learn more about our upcoming cleanup events and sign up to get involved on our Conservation Events page! 


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