Clean the roads and plant a tree! April 19 – May 3, 2020
We hope you and your families are doing well and staying healthy!
This spring is a little different in almost every way, so this year the Town of Caroline Watershed Committee is organizing a Do it Yourself townwide Ditch and Roadside clean up. There’s trash along the roads and in the ditches, and it would be great to clean it up, before it gets washed into the creeks. If you are so inclined, and if you can safely collect and dispose of ditch and roadside trash on your own, it would be greatly appreciated! This can be a family event, an outing with a friend (keeping your social 6’ or greater distance), or something to do while you self–quarantine—and it can be done safely.
To show our gratitude for your efforts, we are so excited to have a limited # of sapling trees and shrubs to give to volunteers, one per household. You can plant a tree for Earth Day!
Consider focusing on the roadsides and ditches near your own residence to avoid traveling.
Please contact Kristen Hychka at firstname.lastname@example.org: if you are interested in participating, so we can keep a record of which roads are cleaned up; if you’d like to borrow a garbage grabber or receive a sapling to plant; or if you have any questions.
Please consider these safety guidelines:
· Children should be supervised by adults
· Wear Bright clothing
· Wear gloves
· Walk facing traffic
· Wear appropriate shoes/clothes
· Carry water and bug repellent, protect yourselves from ticks
· In addition, follow CDC guidelines for protecting yourself against Covid-19
Some guidelines for trash disposal:
· Dispose of the trash you collect as you would your household trash
· Do not pick up hazardous materials (needles, syringes, etc.) or anything questionable. Please report these to the Tompkins County Sheriff’s Dept.
non-emergency number (607)-272-2444.
· Large items like tires, appliances, etc. please report these to the Town of Caroline Highway Department, (607)- 539-7610
· Remember, your safety comes first!
Much thanks to members of the Watershed Committee for purchase of the trees through the Tioga County Soil and Water District and to Rich Schoch for providing pots and soil to sustain the little saplings while they wait for volunteers to provide them good homes!