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Delaware River Cleanup – 32,832 pounds

Living Lands & Waters,  Philadelphia Water Department,  Partnership for Delaware Estuary and over 230 volunteers collected 16+ tons of trash along the Delaware in 20 cleanups from August 20 to September 2 (link)

Photo shows volunteers headin g out to one of the cleanup sites. Click the  image to see Flickr photos from the cleanups.

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Great job, thanks to all who participated and organized this effort.

Trash Free Maryland’s Trash Trawl

Short video by Julie Lawson on Trash Free Maryland’s 2015 Trash Trawl.

 

Time to start planning the 2016 Delaware River – Bay Trash Trawl!

How to sample for microplastics in creeks

Plastic Debris along Schuylkill Banks in Fairmount Park

The Schuylkill River through Fairmount Park is one of Philadelphia’s treasures.  Unfortunately, upstream stormwater runoff carries trash to the Schuylkill River,  where some gets caught on the River banks while the rest continues to flow downriver to the Delaware River and Bay.

This Schuylkill River bank trash survey was conducted on the West bank from the dam to Girard Ave bridge on 4/7/15.

There is a significant quantity of plastic debris along the shore line caught in the vegetation along the bank .

 

Trash Dumping at Philadelphia’s N 9th & Noble Streets

Here’s a quick trash photo survey of N 9th and Nobel Streets that I took on Saturday, January 3rd. This corner is a little less than 1 mile from City Hall.

1. Map of N 9th & Noble Streets

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2. Illegal Dumping and Trash Filled Inlet

Photo by Kelly O'Day

 

3. Trash Along N 9th Street

Photo by Kelly O'Day

 

4. Trash Along Noble Street

Photo by Kelly O'Day

 

 

Philadelphia Plastic Bag Street Litter Video

 

Map of Phila. Litter CVNs by Watershed

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Street and stormwater litter conditions vary across the City, with the TTF and Cobbs Creeks having the worst creek trash problems while the Pennypack and Wissahickon Creeks having less creek trash.

This map, prepared with ESRI’s ArcMap,  shows the incidence of 2013 litter Code Violation Notices for the 5 small creek watersheds in Philadelphia.

Clearly, the Tacony-Frankford and Cobbs Creek watersheds  have much more serious litter conditions than than the Wissahickon and Pennypack Creek watersheds.