APRIL 9 UPDATE:
While you just come to the event and sign up there, we've made signing up easier! Just RSVP on Eventbrite so we know how many gloves and bags to bring.
Do you care about a clean Cobbs Creek? We do!
Help us represent Philly in a big way at the Darby Creek Valley Association Darby-Cobbs Creek Cleanup, a huge volunteer effort that spans many communities within the urban-suburban waterway and has been around so long that Tina Turner’s What's Love Got To Do With It hit No. 2 on the Billboard charts the year it began (that'd be 1984).
During last year’s campaign, nearly 400 volunteers met across three counties to stuff dumpsters and trash bags with over 18,000 pounds of trash and debris.
Call us crazy, but we think we can help with their goal of beating that number, and we’ll be leading one of the 38 sites targeting 126 miles of streambanks and 10 miles of roadsides on Saturday, April 13th.
Join PWD and Volunteers April 13
- Where: The Historic Blue Bell Inn, Phila. Pa. 19142 (map/directions)
- When: We’ll start at 9 a.m. sharp and finish around 1 p.m.
- What you need: We'll have supplies, including gloves and trash bags, and water coolers for refilling reusable bottles.
- What to wear: Boots or sturdy sneakers and clothes you don’t mind getting dirty.
Why Cleaning the Cobbs Counts
One of our seven watersheds, the Darby-Cobbs and its tributaries flow through parts of Montgomery County, Delaware County and West Philly neighborhoods before emptying into the important tidal wetlands at the John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge At Tinicum.
Home to many species of birds (including bald eagles!) fish, amphibians, reptiles and other wetland creatures (beavers!), the creek and marshland help to clean our water as it enters the Delaware River.
Unfortunately, the ecosystem can't filter out all the litter and other trash that the Cobbs picks up from communities along its banks, and items like plastic bags and bottles, can harm wildlife and leave an ugly mark on the watershed.
That’s why every volunteer and every piece of trash taken out of Cobbs Creek matters—with enough people getting together, we can literally take tons of litter and other junk out of the watershed in a day.
If that sounds like a worthwhile way to spend a Saturday morning and you’re willing to get a little dirty, meet up with our Waterways Restoration Team to join a team of volunteers on April 13 and help spread the word: