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Specifically, our project is to free our waterways from harmful pollution by physically removing garbage and man- made debris. Our program, Pick That Up is an ongoing project that promotes clean watersheds in Western Pennsylvania by our implementation of waterway cleanups. In 2012, we formed the Connoquenessing Creek Cleanup Celebration. This annual event is organized for the restoration of this creek. Tackling 10 mile sections at a time, we aspire to have all 50 miles of the waterway cleaned in five years’ time while also maintaining every section annually. This waterway flows through Butler and Beaver counties and many municipalities. The creek’s source is Lake Oneida and it is a tributary to the Ohio River. The condition of this watershed is deplorable. In 2000, it was rated the 2nd most polluted small waterway in America. For years waste has been directly dumped into the creek. Annual flooding has brought man-made objects into the creek bed. Tires that were once used to stabilize the creek banks have fallen into the water. And illegal dumping continues despite warning signs and fines. Our goal is to remove the physical pollution consuming this watershed and restore it back to its beautiful, healthy state. We have been extremely successful in this cleanup project. In 2 days over a two year period, we have removed 85,000 pounds of garbage, including nearly 900 tires in just 20 miles of this precious waterway! Our volunteer attendance is also inspiring as we have recruited 340 volunteers throughout the community over the 2 year period.
Our success is due to our dedication to the project, support from the community, and outside grant sources. This year we are focusing on a 10 mile section through Renfrew, PA to the City of Butler, PA.
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