Our Watershed, Too Good to Trash: Volunteer to help clean it up on Saturday, April 16th

Third Annual Frederick Watershed Trash Pick Up

The trashing of one of our community’s most beautiful and ecologically sensitive areas is getting us down and getting us out.

Volunteers are invited to join the Common Market and a crew of concerned citizens to help clean up the Frederick Watershed on Saturday, April 16, from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm as part of the 28th Annual Potomac River Watershed Cleanup.

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The City of Frederick’s Municipal Watershed contains more than 7,000 acres of forestland in western Frederick County providing the City of Frederick with clean water and many opportunities for recreation and connection with nature. Environmentalists, scientists, politicians, and outdoor enthusiasts are concerned about the ecosystem and dumping’s negative effects on plant and animal health, as well as the quality of water.

Coleatsite7_260wThis is the third year the Common Market has spearheaded the Frederick Watershed segment of the cleanup effort. In its first two years, approximately 116 volunteers picked up more than 125 large bags of trash and recyclables, 63 tires, 9 tons of bulk debris including mattresses, old toilets, buckets of used motor oil, car parts, and loads of cigarette butts, broken glass, and discarded syringes. The hope is that this year there will be less garbage along the nearly twenty miles of the cleanup route.

The annual Potomac River Watershed Cleanup has become a decisive catalyst for progress that ignites people throughout the watershed with community spirit. The largest regional event of its kind, the Cleanup provides a transforming experience that engages citizens and community leaders and generates momentum for change.

The Common Market is profoundly appreciative of the community support given to this event, particularly the cleanup volunteers and the local businesses that have donated gift cards.

Further thanks go to all responsible users of the Watershed’s educational and recreational treasures. The more that conscientious visitors use and take care of this invaluable resource, the less inviting the area is to dumping and littering.

To join the Cleanup, register at www.commonmarket.coop.


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