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Schuylkill Scrubbers to Spruce Up Pa.’s ‘River of the Year’

Thu Mar 27, 2014 / Storm Water

Schuylkill Scrubbers to Spruce Up Pa.’s ‘River of the Year’


An estimated 1,500 people will participate in the two-month Schuylkill Scrubby picking up litter near the Schuylkill River, Pennsylvania’s River of Year.


Anyone hosting a cleanup before May 31 can register their event at  Those who do will be eligible to win a money-saving rain barrel.  Events registered with Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful’sGreat American Cleanup of PAwill also have access to free gloves, trash bags, and safety vests at participating events.  And they can benefit from free or reduced disposal fees at participating landfills during Pick It Up PA Days, from April 12 to May 5.


“Many people are aware of the Philly Spring Cleanupon April 5, but what happens if you’re busy during those five hours?” said Tom Davidock, an employee of the Partnership for the Delaware Estuarywho coordinates the Schuylkill Action Network.  “That’s what’s so great about the Schuylkill Scrub; you’ve got a hundred events from which to choose.”


Eleven members of the Schuylkill Action Networkhave joined forces to improve on last year’s campaign, which attracted over 1,500 volunteers to almost 100 litter cleanups.  These spanned almost 100 miles across Southeast Pennsylvania, from downtown Philadelphia to Pottsville in Schuylkill County.


Participating in the Schuylkill Scrub contributes to the success of Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful’sGreat American Cleanup of PA.  Last year, this organization trackedover 50,000 people volunteering in each of the five counties bordering the Schuylkill River.  Together they collected more than 900 tons of trash; enough to fill almost 400 extra-large commercial dumpsters.


The Green Valleys Associationand the Hay Creek Watershed Associationof greater Pottstown founded the Schuylkill Scrub in 2010.  Since then, dozens of organizations have partnered to promote local cleanups as part of the Schuylkill Scrub.  Perhaps the most active is the Perkiomen Watershed Conservancylocated in Schwenksville.


Approximately 2,000 square miles of land drain to the Schuylkill River.  This makes it the largest influence on the tidal Delaware River and Bay, otherwise known as the Delaware Estuary.  Cities along its 130-mile path include West Philadelphia, Norristown, Pottstown, Reading, and Pottsville.  Over 2,400 Pennsylvanians selected the Schuylkill as their River of the Year in January.


Information and online registration is available at  Volunteers can also call Tom Davidockof the Partnership for the Delaware Estuaryat (800) 445-4935, extension 109.