PICK UP PENNSYLVANIA-Fall in Support of International Coastal Cleanup

The ocean begins at your front door, even in Pennsylvania.  Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful knows that trash travels – reaching the ocean by way of storm drains and waterways. To prevent litter from ending up in our waterways, Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful coordinates PICK UP PENNSYLVANIA, in support of the Ocean Conservancy’s International Coastal Cleanup, from September 1st through November 30th .  The International Coastal Cleanup is the world’s largest volunteer effort to improve the health of the world’s oceans and waterways.  The cleanup event gives citizens around the world the opportunity to clean up their local waterways and to be a part of a larger movement by thinking globally and acting locally.

Registration is now closed for the 2020 Fall season.  Hope to see you this spring for our Pick Up Pennsylvania Spring Cleanup!

Click here to see the 2020 Statewide Pick Up Pennsylvania Event Results
Click here to see the 2019 Statewide Pick Up Pennsylvania Event Results
Click here to see the 2018 Statewide Pick Up Pennsylvania Event Results
Click here to see the 2017 Statewide Pick Up Pennsylvania Event Results
Click here to see the 2016 Statewide Pick Up Pennsylvania Event Results

Storm drain education – storm drains flow directly to nearby rivers and streams, not to wastewater treatment plants.  Your city street is really like waterfront property. Everything that rain washes off of your roof, yard, and driveway goes into the nearby waterway used for swimming, boating, and maybe even drinking.  In addition, anything that is dumped into these drains, such as used motor oil, paint, or excess pesticides, goes directly into the nearest stream.  Stenciling a storm drain will remind everyone – homeowners, business owners, developers, and other citizens – not to dump anything into storm drains so we can protect our water from pollution that can close beaches, cause harmful weed and algae growth, and even kill fish!  For more information, please visit DEP’s MCM Public Education website.

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