They'll be rescuing Robeson's roadsides.
Picking up along the Perkiomen.
Foraging for foreign objects in French Creek.
Want to feel like you're part of a movement? Check out www.SchuylkillScrub.org, which is a new website aiming to bring the diverse spring waterway clean-up community into one big organized whole.
You've seen them. Come spring, they're out along the region's waterways, hauling tires or some such out of the muck. They're fanning out across parklands and traipsing the roadsides, picking up litter that would otherwise wash downhill into waterways.
About a dozen organizations from Philadelphia to Reading are teaming up for the SchuylkillScrub campaign. What they share is an interest in protecting the river.
The idea behind it is to increase public participation in cleanups and create new ones. Organizers hope that with more coordinated effort, they can not only increase the amount of litter being removed, but also get better data on it.
"Community groups have cleaned up small areas near the Schuylkill for many years. However, most have little time or money to promote their events," said Coordinator Tom Davidock of the Schuylkill Action Network in a press release. "This campaign provides volunteer recruiters with a means to unite and improve their efforts so they are more effective, visible, and accountable to funders."
I'm always amazed at just how much trash the volunteers for these kinds of events find. I spent a morning along a Chester County road with a group of motorcycle women a few years ago, and we hauled bag after bag of stuff -- some of it unmentionable -- from the roadside brush.
The website lists events and tells how to get help -- in the form of gloves and safety vests from PennDOT, free trash disposal at a landfill, and so on.
The timing is supposed to be April 15 to May 31, but if you're i a park on June 1 and you see a discarded soda can, maybe you could pick it up anyway, yes?