August 25, 2018
On August 25th, 2018, United By Blue, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Keep Philadelphia Beautiful, and the Philadelphia Water Department joined forces for a cleanup of Darby Creek in John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge !
Joined by a team of 182 volunteers, the team threw on waders, jumped in kayaks, and hit the wetlands to remove 2,039 lbs. of trash and recycling from Darby Creek and the wildlife refuge in just 2.5 hours. Some highlights from volunteer trash findings included a sign for I-95 and some old fencing. Volunteers from corporate groups, back-to-school universities, and families joined us to make a serious impact on the health of a major tributary to the Delaware River, and to protect the nation's first urban wildlife refuge. We were reminded by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife staff that public lands belong to all of us, and were encouraged to return and volunteer our time to protect our collective backyard.
United By Blue thanks our wonderful partners and volunteers for their support of this cleanup, including Zipcar and GoPhillyGo for their sustainable transportation support during the 2018 cleanup season.