On Saturday, April 29, the American Littoral Society partnered with the city of Bridgeton, NJ on a city-wide effort to clean up litter. Volunteers went into parks and neighborhoods as part of the "spring cleaning."
"After a long winter, you would be surprised at the amount of loose litter and trash that builds up. Not only is it a blighting influence, but it also impacts our natural resources and it's bad for the community" said Littoral Society Conservation Coordinator Meredith Brown.
The effort provided a perfect lead-in to a municipal program aimed at keeping Bridgeton beautiful.
"The Littoral Society has been a great partner to Bridgeton and when they approached us about the clean-up effort, we were delighted as we are planning our own anti-litter operations to improve the quality of life in our neighborhoods" Bridgeton Mayor Albert Kelly said.
As a follow-up to the Bridgeton sweep, the Society will be planting rain gardens at Upper Deerfield Schools on Saturday, May 6.
Volunteers are needed to help us dig, plant, and mulch at Elizabeth F. Moore, Charles F. Seabrook, and Woodruff Schools. That effort will run from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wear sneakers or other close-toed shoes, and bring a water bottle. Meet at Woodruff Middle School, 1373 NJ-77, Bridgeton, NJ. Teams will be dispatched from there to specific locations.
To sign-up, fill out the volunteer form at SJwatersavers.org. If you have any questions about these two events, contact Emma at 856-825-2174 or email her at Emma@LittoralSociety.org.