From its origins above Pottstville, the Schuylkill River travels 130 miles before it winds through Philadelphia and empties into the Delaware River.
That's 130 miles -- plus input from tributaries -- of opportunities to collect trash, unfortunately.
Every year, various groups get out onto the banks, determined to clean up the debris. Last year, the Schuylkill Action Network organized 18 litter clean-ups across six counties into one campaign, the Schuylkill Scrub. This year, they're doing it again, and the dates are April 1 to May 31.
“Now we want to build on that success by promoting more events," said coordinator Tom Davidock of the Schuylkill Action Network in a press release. To boost enthusiasm, they're going to raffle a rain barrel to people who register their cleanups at the site, www.SchuylkillScrub.org. Individuals can go there to find events. Below is an interactive map that also shows events.
The Schuylkill Scrub is described as a collaborative effort by nearly a dozen environmental groups whose shared mission is protecting the Schuylkill River. It was founded in 2010 when the Green Valleys Association and the Hay Creek Watershed Association began coordinating their efforts near the border of Berks County and Montgomery County.
The Scrub "not only makes our environment look cleaner, but also it has a positive impact on our drinking water,” said Nancy Kauffman of the Hay Creek Watershed Association. “Trash and pollution on the land ends up in our rivers and streams every time it rains.”
Scrub organizers are coordinating their efforts with the Great American Cleanup of PA, which also ends on May 31.
View Schuylkill Scrub 2012 in a larger map