County seeks volunteers for annual cleanup of Longwell Run tomorrow along Route 140

October 02, 1998|By Brenda J. Buote | Brenda J. Buote,SUN STAFF

As many as 70 people are expected to gather tomorrow at the County Office Building in Westminster, armed with insect repellent and sturdy shoes.

Their mission: To remove pollutants from Longwell Run.

"We'll be concentrating on the area by Route 140, from the Boston Inn to the junction of Route 27," said Nathalie Schein, an office associate for the county Bureau of Environmental Services, who is seeking volunteers.

"Depending on how many people show up, we'll cross Route 27 and concentrate on the area around the railroad tracks too," she said.

This is the third year the county has organized a volunteer cleanup of Longwell Run. In previous years, steel pipes, concrete chunks, bicycles, trash, blankets and mattresses have been pulled from the stream.

The cleanup is part of a larger, five-year Carroll County project to restore sections of the stream. Most of the work is being done near the County Office Building at 225 N. Center St., Schein said.

The project, in its fourth year, is funded in part by a $12,000 award from the federal Environmental Protection Agency. The award comes from an environmental restoration fund of about $4 million that was established in a settlement with Exxon Corp. after the Exxon Valdez oil spill nine years ago in Alaska.

Longwell Run originates near Manchester Road and Route 140. The shallow stream flows in and out of Westminster: past a small strip shopping center and Koons Toyota on Route 140; northwest by the County Office Building and East Middle School; to the Route 140 overpass at Route 27, then northeast to Bennett Cerf Park -- where it empties into the West Branch of the Patapsco River and eventually the Chesapeake Bay.

The county has planted trees and stream buffers to reduce storm water runoff, which helps to preserve stream beds and water quality.

Anyone who would like to take part in tomorrow's cleanup should arrive at the County Office Building at 10 a.m. Gloves and trash bags will be provided; volunteers should wear long pants or jeans and sturdy shoes or boots.

Volunteers will have a chance to win books and shrubs or plants in a free raffle. The items were donated by Random House and Thomas Hunter Landscaping. Light refreshments will be provided.

Information: 410-386-2150.

Pub Date: 10/02/98

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