Two dozen volunteers combed the banks of Longwell Run for two hours Saturday, clearing the shallow stream of nearly a ton of trash.
"We had fewer volunteers than in past years, but we got a lot done," said Nathalie Schein, an office associate for the county Bureau of Environmental Services.
A handful of volunteers were Sierra Club members, some were members of the Women's Club of Westminster, and several were students.
Armed with garbage bags and insect repellent, the group pulled car parts, glass bottles and dirty clothes from Longwell Run. In previous years, steel pipes, concrete chunks, bicycles, trash, blankets and mattresses have been removed from the stream.
The cleanup was the third to be organized by county officials. It was part of a larger, five-year Carroll County project to restore sections of the stream. The county has planted trees and stream buffers to reduce storm water runoff, which helps to preserve stream beds and water quality.
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.
The majority of work done Saturday focused on the area by Route 140, from Boston Inn to the junction of Route 27.
"Most of the larger items -- the back seat of a car and a set of tires -- were found in the area by the railroad tracks along Route 27," Schein said.
Longwell Run starts near Manchester Road and Route 140 and 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, northeast to Bennett Cerf Park -- where it empties into the West Branch of the Patapsco River and the Chesapeake Bay.
Pub Date: 10/06/98