Friday, November 18, 2011
Help Clean Monocacy Creek
The Monocacy Creek Needs Your Help!
Due to the massive flooding the Monocacy Creek is full of junk and our fish have no where to go!
Come and help our fish by "fishing junk" out of our creek!
Time and Place: Archibald Johnston Conservation Area- Northampton County Land. Saturday November 19, 2011 and Sunday November 20, 2011. 10-2pm
Directions: Park at Housenick Park- Rte 191 Turn on Christian Springs, Left at first driveway on left. Park in lot. Follow road on the right down by the pinestand. We will meet on the lower level County land
Problem: The Creek is in rough shape - it has at least 8 major blockages and has overflown its banks. The county cannot access the property with machinery because it is under water. Erosion is causing tree roots to become unearthed and healthy trees are continuing to fall into the creek resulting in further blockages and destruction of habitat.
Plan: We will do a quick walk of the site to assess the damage and discuss ecological impacts. We will then focus on getting flow restored primarily by fishing out bottles, cans, tires, branches, pallets, propane tanks and other debris. We will then be hauling the debris to recycle.
Safety First: We will not be using power tools for this event, and will be focusing on debris pick-up. Children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult. No children will be permitted in the creek All participants will be required to wear a life vest while working near the creek. (we have 12). All participants or their parents will be required to sign a release
Fun and Educational: This will be an exercise in simple machines and physics. We are going to be dragging out logs using pulley systems, block and tackle and come-alongs and may even use a bucket brigade or suspended litter! Fishermen and nature buffs will be helping out and can answer your questions about the creek and wildlife!
Food- For all those who stay the day we will have PIZZA! Yea!
Most trash bags filled!
Things to bring: Boots and waterproof clothing and gloves are a must- we will have some extra rubber gloves, but garden gloves work also extension poles, nets, rakes, garbage bags
Weather: looks clear and 40 at 10am going up to 50 by 12pm with even better weather Sunday in the 60's!