UBB and Trail Creek Outfitters Removed 1,651 Pounds of Trash from the Brandywine River
Location: Brandywine Creek State Park, Wilmington, DE
Date: August 14, 2010
On Saturday, August 14th, Trail Creek Outfitters and UBB teamed up to clean the Brandywine River. Trail Creek Outfitters is the leading outdoor retailer in the area and they are major advocates for our oceans. TCO actively showed their support of UBB's mission by helping to bring over 50 friends, family, and local residents to help relieve the river of some major pollution.
Volunteers enjoyed a fun, educational, and eye-opening day as they made their way down the river picking up debris. Some stayed on the river bank, while others got wet or paddled a canoe from Smith Bridge to Thompson Bridge. The clean-up netted a record-breaking 1,651lbs of trash, including 32 tires, 2 large street signs, a boom-box, and over 900 recyclables!
Although this effort shows the power of a group, it also shows the desperate condition our waterways are in. A once fish-able river, the Brandywine now has signs urging no more than two 8oz meals per year from its waters. Click here for more pictures from the day!
Wilderness Canoe for providing canoes
The Fresh Market for providing muffins
SWI Farm for providing local, organic fruit
Starbucks for providing coffee, sans cups(a BYOM event ;)
The Brandywine Creek is a body of water that runs through Chester County in Pennsylvania, down through Wilmington, Delaware before it reaches the Delaware River, which empties directly into the Delaware Bay and Atlantic Ocean. The creek was made famous by the Battle of The Brandywine Creek during the Revolutionary War, when Washington led his troops to the high ground by the river, in an effort to stop the British advance to Philadelphia. That was in September of 1777, well before the invention of the plastic bottles, aluminum cans, and rubber tires that now line the banks of the creek.