Volunteers do battle along the Patcong

Attention: open in a new window. PrintE-mail

Suzanne Marino/Jim Rutala of the Linwood Environmental Commission takes the large top of a port-a-potty from volunteer Jake Springle during the annual clean up along the Patcong Creek in Linwood. Suzanne Marino/Jim Rutala of the Linwood Environmental Commission takes the large top of a port-a-potty from volunteer Jake Springle during the annual clean up along the Patcong Creek in Linwood.

LINWOOD – It was beautiful Sunday morning as dozens of volunteers set out from the launch site on Hamilton Avenue to take up the fight against litter along the banks and around the Patcong Creek. The annual event was organized by the Linwood Environmental Commission.

Jim Rutala, his wife Diane and many neighbors were among the volunteers combing the banks, armed with gloves, pickers and bags supplied by the Atlantic County Utilities Authority, a partner in the clean-up effort. Several others donned waders and walked into the marshy areas where the phragmities towered over their heads to pick up litter that found its way along the banks of the creek.

When the Patcong Creek Clean-up started nine years ago, many did not know where Patcong Creek was located or understand its value to the community.  Today, the Patcong Creek is the home of a bald eagle nest, two osprey nests and a recently opened kayak rental business. Kayakers are enjoying the natural beauty of the creek on a daily basis.

In an effort to maintain this natural gem, the City of Linwood has made a major effort over the last few years to purchase much of the vacant property along the Creek to preserve it in perpetuity.

There were of course, plastic water bottles, bags and general debris, but their finds also included a car bumper and the top of a port-a-potty.

Following the clean-up, volunteers were treated to a picnic lunch at All Wars Memorial Parlk. Paddle Shack on the Patcong Creek provided discount kayak rental tickets to all the volunteers.
An award goes each year to the person who pulls out the most unique find. This year, it was the top portion of a port-a-potty that won kayaker Jake Springle of Williamstown the dubious honor.

While the volunteers went about their morning clean up with plenty of good natured laughs, the importance of their effort is serious business, and goes a long way to keep the Patcong a pristine gem that is home to a variety of birds and animals.

Suzanne Marino/Richie Jackson and Anthony Marinelli of Linwood, both 6 are willing volunteers in the Patcong Creek clean up Sunday, May 18. Suzanne Marino/Richie Jackson and Anthony Marinelli of Linwood, both 6 are willing volunteers in the Patcong Creek clean up Sunday, May 18.   Volunteer Judy Springle of Williamstown paddles near the Poplar Avenue Bridge in Linwood during the annual Patcong Creek clean up effort Sunday morning. Volunteer Judy Springle of Williamstown paddles near the Poplar Avenue Bridge in Linwood during the annual Patcong Creek clean up effort Sunday morning.  

Richie Jackson, Anthony Marinelli, both 6, along with their sisters Adrianna Marinelli and Kylie Jackson, both 5 are part of the small army of volunteers doing their part to keep the banks of the Patcong Creek free of litter, debris and anything that might harm the many birds that make their home along the creek. Richie Jackson, Anthony Marinelli, both 6, along with their sisters Adrianna Marinelli and Kylie Jackson, both 5 are part of the small army of volunteers doing their part to keep the banks of the Patcong Creek free of litter, debris and anything that might harm the many birds that make their home along the creek.  

 


blog comments powered by Disqus