Annual Rubbish Roundup at Antietam Creek yields boatloads of trash during alliance event

October 11, 2012
  • From left, Chase Marick and Andrew Marick of Hagerstown tote items they found in Antietam Creek back to shore on Sept. 22 during the seventh annual Rubbish Roundup sponsored by Antietam Creek Watershed Alliance.
Photo courtesy of Mike Reed

FUNKSTOWN, Md. — The Antietam Creek yielded boatloads of trash to more than 75 volunteers during the Antietam Creek Watershed Alliance’s seventh annual Rubbish Roundup on Sept. 22.

Volunteers in canoes and kayaks, along with streamside walkers, filled a dump truck with metal and stuffed 51 large trash bags with miscellaneous junk.

The volunteers filled seven more bags with glass and plastic bottles, two bags with cast-off foam containers and one with aluminum cans.

Highlights included 58 tires; seven traffic cones; four shopping carts; three, 20-pound propane tanks; and a 275-gallon fuel oil tank.

“Even after six years cleaning the same three-mile stretch, we continue to pull tons of  trash from the creek” said Dave Biser, the alliance’s vice president.

Cleanup sponsors included River and Trail Outfitters, Holcim Inc., American Legion Dixon-Troxell Post 211, Frederick and Seibert, Washington County and the City of Hagerstown.

The alliance is a 501(c)(3) charity working to restore the Antietam Creek and its tributaries. Its mission is to protect and promote Antietam Creek through education, preservation, and hands-on projects.

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