RUTLAND – Volunteers became “Stream Sweepers” during the 16th annual Leading Creek Stream Sweep last Saturday morning near Rutland.
The first Leading Creek Stream Sweep was in 2001, and it generally corresponds with the annual Earth Day observance.
Putting conservation efforts into action, approximately 40 people attended the Stream Sweep at the Meigs SWCD Conservation Area near Rutland. Those attending included two 4H groups, the Salem Center Go-Getters, the Pioneers, Girl Scout Troop 1004 and Boy Scout Troop 299.
Volunteers were provided with the necessities for trash removal before they began their work. Sweepers fanned out across the Leading Creek watershed and returned to the Conservation Area with their bags, which were tossed onto Rutland Township dump trucks or Meigs Soil and Water Conservation District pickup trucks for disposal.
By the time the Sweepers finished, 1.15 tons of garbage and litter had been collected, along with a truckload of old tires.
“I’m grateful for these groups and volunteers who spent their Saturday morning coming out helping clean up the environment,” said organizer Jim Freeman, wildlife specialist with the Meigs SWCD. “Most of our volunteers have participated in the past, and they are passing along the tradition to a new group of Sweepers.”
Over the past 16 years, the Leading Creek Stream Sweep has become a springtime tradition in Meigs County and a way to help leave the outdoors a little cleaner. Sponsors of the Sweep included Meigs SWCD, Rutland Township Board of Trustees and the Meigs Transfer Station.
The Leading Creek Stream Sweep was modeled after the annual Ohio River Sweep, which will be June 18 in Pomeroy and Racine.
Contact Lorna Hart at 740-992-2155, Ext. 2551.