On my last blog, I wrote about helping fight litter in Wheaton by using your re-usable bag when you go shopping. Another way to help is to join your local “stream team.”
We are fortunate to have large county and state parks around Wheaton. Our larger parks include Sligo Creek Park, Northwest Branch Park, Wheaton Regional Park, Matthew Henson State Park, and Rock Creek Park.
Most of us live only a walk or short bike ride away from one of these peaceful, beautiful parks. These parks are truly an amenity for Wheaton’s residents. If you value our green spaces, I encourage you to help fight litter by joining or forming a neighborhood team that periodically organizes clean ups.
During the Martin Luther King Holiday Day of Service, I helped out at the Turkey Branch Clean up in Wheaton Woods (Turkey Branch is one of the 30 tributaries that feed Rock Creek). Well over 40 people came out to help. While some county residents complain that bringing their reusable bag and fighting litter in the county is a burden, these folks spent the morning pulling plastic bags and other litter and trash from Turkey Branch and the Matthew Henson State Park. Over 130 bags of trash, 18 tires, and miscellaneous large objects were collected. During the weekend before (January 8), Greater Glenmont Civic Association residents came out and removed over 20 bags of litter and trash from Rock Creek’s Joseph’s Branch.
Watch a short, inspiring video about Wheaton Woods/Aspen Hill families and neighbors cleaning up Rock Creek’s Turkey Branch. http://stream01.montgomerycountymd.gov/pio/dep/CleaningUpTurkeyBranch/TurkeyBranch.html
If you love our parks and want to help protect them, please help by adopting a section of park by joining one of Rock Creek’s Stream Teams or by starting a new one. You can also get on the email list of Friends of Sligo Creek or Neighbors of the Northwest Branch to be notified about their annual spring and fall cleanups. Of course, GreenWheaton will also have cleanup activities throughout the year. The next major cleanup effort around Wheaton will occur in April on the Potomac River and Anacostia River Cleanup Days.
Below are links to the organizations that are working to fight litter in and
http://www.fosc.org Friends of Sligo Creek webpage. Sign up for the email list by going to the "Join the email list" button to the right side of the homepage.
http://www.neighborsnwb.org/ Neighbors of the Northwest Branch webpage.
Sign up for the email list by going to the "Join the email list" button to
the right side of the homepage.
http://www.rockcreekconservancy.org/index.php/what-we-do/stream-teams-2 Rock Creek Conservancy’s Stream Team webpage.
GreenWheatonemail@example.com To subscribe to GreenWheaton’s email list.