Glen Burnie residents who missed Earth Day will have another chance to "act locally" this Saturday.
State and county officials are sponsoring a three-hour cleanup of Sawmill Creek Park, followed by nature hikes along the trails. The effort is part of a campaign to take better care of Sawmill Creek.
Members of the newly reorganized Sawmill Creek Park Association have promised to help pick up litter strewn in the park off Dorsey Road, said Al Lipin, the former state senator who mobilized the group.
The Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay plans to offer nature walks after the cleanup. The non-profit environmental advocacy is co-sponsoring the effort with the county.
"One of our goals is to reach out tothe public, to increase the community's awareness of the creek," said Gayla Campbell, Maryland monitoring coordinator for the alliance. "We're trying to get people involved above and beyond just using the park."
Residents who live along Sawmill Creek have been monitoring the water quality since 1988, when the 13.7-mile stream and surrounding tributaries became one of four targeted by the state. Maryland's Targeted Watershed Program -- which includes Sawmill Creek, German Branch in Queen Anne's County, Piney/Alloway creeks in Carroll County and Bird River in Baltimore County -- is a cooperative cleanup effort between government agencies and citizens.
In the past year, the state Department of Natural Resources has been monitoring one of SawmillCreek's main tributaries near the airport. DNR officials also have been working with neighboring industries and the Baltimore-Washington International Airport to stop contamination of the creek.
Plans torestore damaged parts of the creek are under way, Campbell said.
The cleanup starts at 9 a.m. and continues to noon. Nature walks willbe given until 1:30 p.m.
Glen Burnie's effort is one of several marking the county's annual cleanup day Saturday.