Sweep the Creek Fall 2016

The Sligo Creek Watershed wrapped up its lingering drought with the Fall “Sweep the Creek,” with both days of the Sweep finished up nicely before the much-needed rains came in. We were joined by 444 volunteers, who collected 246 bags of trash, 87 bags of recycling, and some bags of invasive plants. We also collected far too many mattresses (at least 6), and sadly, had to leave some for later efforts. While any trash in the creek is too much, we noticed a slight decline in the amount of trash, most likely due to the lack of rain available to wash it into the creek.

We are happily adding cleanup locations to our sweeps as we go along, as volunteers step forward with the time and energy to lead. This sweep we were joined by Green Wheaton at the Evans Parkway location and a neighborhood group who focused on the grounds of the Long Branch Community Center and Pool.

We had several return groups and some new ones, too, including:

  • Cub Scout Packs 275, 249, and 478
  • Difference Makers Club from Takoma Park Middle School
  • Daisy Troop 34003
  • Girl Scout Troops 1921, 628, and 3816
  • Glenhaven Elementary School PTA

The Sweep the Creek is a collaborative effort made possible by many, including our Sweep section leaders, those who work at the tables, he who reprints our banners, Outreach Team, Kiosk Marketers, Photographers, Webmaster, and, of course, our volunteer Sweepers. Thank you to everyone!

A special thanks to Montgomery Parks, who provides our gloves and bags, picks up the trash bags, helps advertise the event, takes some photos, and serves as our sponsoring organization for awarding SSL hours. How about those precious kids’ gloves for ages 3-6? We hear people would like to keep ‘em coming, Parks, if possible!

While we can check off another successful Sweep the Creek thanks to all who contributed, we are not retiring our efforts. Check our website early next year for the dates of our 2017 Sweep the Creek events and save the dates.

Patton Stephens — Sweep Coordinator

Photos from the Fall 2016 Sweep

Flickr Album of the Sweep by Dept of Parks Photographer