Stream clean ups are an easy way to directly reduce the debris that has made its way into a water body. Stormwater SMART will help coordinate a stream cleanup for your organization or group and provide the necessary materials upon request if you live in one of our member communities. A stream cleanup typically focuses on removing trash from along a stream-bank and in surrounding areas.
Stormwater SMART partners with schools in our member communities to provide supplies for campus cleanups. Whether a stream is located on a school property or not, campus cleanups play a role in preventing debris from being carried into a water source by stormwater. In fact, most of the debris we find in our waterways originated from land-based sources. We will provide cleanup materials for your entire school, grade level, class, or club. Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org to get your students involved in keeping our waterways clean.
A paddle cleanup is an event where volunteers go out to a body of water to pick up as much trash as possible to clean and beautify the area. While similar to a creek or stream cleanup, it has one major difference: this type of cleanup takes place in the water as opposed to on the banks of the water body. A paddle cleanup is typically held in 2 types of locations: on a river, or on a lake.
What To Bring
- Sun Screen
- Dry Bag
- Change of Clothes
- Water Appropriate Footwear
- Proper Paperwork (Waiver Form)
For more specifics and guidelines on how to prepare for a paddle cleanup, check out our blog post!
Materials We Provide For All Cleanups
- Trash bags
- Trash pickers (if requested in advance)
Helpful Litter Cleanup Tips
- If possible, only use 1 glove per individual to reduce the overall number of gloves used. Also advise individuals that they should use the gloved hand only to pick up trash.
- Create teams of individuals and choose 1 person to hold the bag, delegating other team members to collect litter.
- Fill up each bag as much as possible—do not tie up bags that are not full unless necessary. Combine litter collections to ensure bags are filled to capacity.
- To provide an accurate count of trash bags, count up the number of full bags and then estimate the percentage filled of the remaining unfilled bag.
- Be cautious of sharp items or other hazardous materials that could harm the individual or cause the trash bag to rip.
- If using trash pickers, please be conscious of surrounding individuals. Individuals with difficulty bending over or those who may be collecting trash in hard-to-reach locations should be given priority. Trash pickers should be returned to Stormwater SMART by contacting us to coordinate a pick up date.