This spring Green Towson Alliance (GTA) is cleaning up local streams in Towson neighborhoods at 11 sites, clearing out trash and debris for a healthier and more beautiful community. GTA volunteers will concentrate on the Herring Run stream and its tributaries this year, cleaning up this local stream in 9 different locations. Last year, GTA removed 6.75 tons of trash from local streams in Towson neighborhoods.
Over 200 volunteers, including Towson University students, Girl Scouts and, community residents and associations, PTAs, county and State elected officials and GTA members, will spend three hours at each of the 11 stream sites cleaning up local Towson tributaries.
At the Radebaugh Neighborhood Park stream cleanup site, volunteers will be joined by the new “Friends of Radebaugh Neighborhood Park” and Towson University students in preparation for the anticipated park opening in September. The Radebaugh family will take care of all the trash bags and other items from the cleanup afterwards. Delegate Steve Lafferty and County Councilman David Marks are expected to attend and help with the stream cleanup at this site.
This is GTA’s 4th annual stream cleanup. April is Stream Cleanup month, so GTA, in partnership with the Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay, is sponsoring stream cleanups on April 6 and 13 and May 19. A Roland Run stream cleanup took place March 30.
Volunteers will clear away debris and litter to restore the natural beauty of the streams and clean the water that flows to the Chesapeake Bay. GTA, a non-profit collaborative coalition, is comprised of local Towson area environmental volunteers.
A Herring Run cleanup will be held on April 6, at Stoneleigh Elementary School and at the following sites on Saturday, April 13, from 10 AM – 1 PM:
Stream – Herring Run and its tributaries
- Radebaugh Neighborhood Park area, from Burke Ave to Towson High School
- Ashlar Hill from Taylor Ave to the edge of Mt Pleasant Woods Park
- Loch Raven Library (stream is in ravine under the bridge to the library)
- Knollwood area from Aigburth Rd south to Quincy to Stevenson Lane
- Fellowship Forest area, from the pond north of Maryland Country Club by Lake Drive, south to Ridgewood
- Glendale/Glenmont area, including part of Glendale Park, to Glenkirk Rd and Raven Hill Rd
- Ridgeleigh area, from Oakleigh Rd near Redwood Ave, south to Putty Hill
Stream – Jones Falls/Lake Roland tributaries from Roland Run:
- Thornleigh area, from Thornleigh Rd and Essex Farm Rd north to Jeffers Rd
A final Herring Run stream cleanup will take place on May 19 in the Overlook Park area.
Volunteers can sign up at https://www.allianceforthebay.org/our-work/key-program-focuses/building-stewardship/project-clean-stream/