Bald Eagle Creek cleanup slated for July 27

Photo: Here West Branch property owner and river champion Beth Bason is celebrating the last load collected from a previous floodplain cleanup in early spring. The July 27 Bald Eagle Creek cleanup needs drivers with trucks or trailers. Volunteers will load the bed, and drivers transport the tires to the nearby roll-off dumpster.

Clinton County CleanScapes (CleanScapes) 13-mile long Bald Eagle Creek cleanup and restoration effort has removed 1,639 tires and almost 22 tons of trash. Supporting this effort is the Wayne Township Landfill in cooperation with the Clinton County Commissioners. For cleanups in Clinton County, they donate roll-off dumpsters and waive tire and trash tipping fees. Estimated value, not including volunteer time, exceeds $18,000.

When asked why CleanScapes is still removing tires from Bald Eagle Creek, Project Director Elisabeth Lynch McCoy remarked, “The Bald Eagle Creek tire and trash removal program began in 2009. Just when we thought we had at least 85% of the tires taken out our area experienced two consecutive years of high water. Areas where we never had seen tires have them and where we once saw tires there aren’t any to be found. The force of the water either moved them or they’re buried in silt.”

This Saturday CleanScapes, Bald Eagle Creek enthusiasts, boaters, and Sunken Treasure Scuba Center volunteers are holding the 17th Bald Eagle Creek tire removal project on July 27 between 9:30 AM-12 noon in Bald Eagle Township, Clinton County.

Participants will work beside CleanScapes’ Safety Captains as they wade into the creek, drive a Jon boat, shuttle collected tires in a canoe or stay on the shoreline to lift tires out of boats. Drivers with pickup trucks are needed to transport tires from the creekbank to the roll-off dumpster.

To join the event register with CleanScapes by 12 noon Friday July 26.

Contact CleanScapes at clintoncountycleanscapes@yahoo.com or 570-726-3511.

Participants will be given cleanup supplies, lunch and refreshments. Meeting location will be provided after you register.

With the exception of items such as beverage containers, sections of boat docks, and plastic outdoor furniture most of the objects found represent the former days of dumping discards onto floodplains.

McCoy added, “To the best of our knowledge, folks actively dumping their used tires off bridges or onto floodplains has stopped. The Wayne Township Landfill’s annual tire collection event combined with federally mandated tire recycling is working. Every now and then someone does dump their tires. Compared to 15 years ago, finding new tires has finally become a rare occurrence. Our goal is to collect 95% of the tires from Clinton County sections of the West Branch and Bald Eagle Creek and we’re almost there!”

Recently CleanScapes was awarded a Community Foundation for the Alleghenies $2,000 grant made possible by the Foundation for Pennsylvania Watersheds. Funds will support Bald Eagle Creek and West Branch Susquehanna River tire and trash assessments and waterway community cleanups. This August CleanScapes volunteers will kayak, scout for tires and then document locations. Upon request, a limited number of Lock Haven University Recreation Management Department canoes will be available at no charge to the volunteer. To join one or more of the 2-3 hour scouting excursions, contact CleanScapes.

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CleanScapes 2019 community cleanup programming is financially supported by the Clinton County Community Foundation, Foundation for Pennsylvania Watersheds, Avery Dennison, Bald Eagle Township, Dr.’s Boland and Reid, Elizabeth Brobst, Cummings Township, Susan and James Dolan, First Quality, Greene Township, Sandy and Toby Johnson, Betty and Dr. Lester Kleckner, Judith and Thomas Leidy, Lloyd Wilson Trout Unlimited Chapter 224, Loyalsock Creek Watershed Association, Sofia Luckenbill and Kyle Root, Brenda and Don Lysle, Pine Creek Preservation Association, Pine Creek Township, Sons of Italy Lodge 146, and Workman Masonry. CleanScapes next event is in the West Branch Susquehanna River on September 7.

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