August 26, 2017
On August 26th, 82 volunteer across Philadelphia joined United by Blue and partners for a cleanup of Darby Creek and the surrounding wetlands.
Nestled within Philadelphia's concrete jungle, John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge serves as an urban oasis and sanctuary protecting and preserving Darby Creek and surrounding Tinicum Marsh. Established in 1972 as America's first wildlife refuge, John Heinz NWR is home to a large variety of mammals, reptiles, amphibians, fish, and over 300 bird species including many threatened and endangered species. Darby Creek, which runs through the refuge, plays a vital role for migrating fish and birds. Due it 's proximity to the urban world, the creek is constantly threatened by toxic storm water run- off and dumped litter. Our mighty group of volunteers worked for 3 hours picking up trash in the creek and along the trails. In total they were able to collect a total of 3,511 lbs of trash, which included some strange items like an old beer sign, a fishing rod, and a boogie board!
United by Blue thanks all of the partners who have made this cleanup possible: Partnership for the Delaware Estuary, Philadelphia Water Department, United States Fish and Wildlife Service, Keep Philadelphia Beautiful, Penn Beer, Anheuser-Busch, River Network and Pennsylvania Bureau of Forestry. S pecial thanks to Budget Dumpster for helping us store and haul the trash for this cleanup!