Creek cleanup a boost for drinking water

A high-energy expedition to ensure clean water is on tap for the 23th Annual Brandywine River Cleanup.

Volunteers will meet

Cleanup volunteers will meet at the Environmental Management Center at the Brandywine River Museum of Art on April 23.

Sponsored by the Young Friends of the Brandywine, it will take place on Saturday, April 23, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. This event benefits the more than 500,000 residents in Pennsylvania and Delaware who rely on the Brandywine as the source of their drinking water, according to a press release from the Brandywine Conservancy.

In addition, the cleanup helps provide a healthier habitat for wildlife and a safer environment for recreational activities.

Since the event's inception, the Young Friends have removed more than 30 tons of trash from the banks of the Brandywine between Lenape and the Delaware state line. Items plucked from its banks have included picnic tables, hundreds of tires, lawn chairs, countless cans and even a huge stuffed purple gorilla, the release said.

Volunteers are advised to wear hats, long pants, heavy shoes or boots, and sunscreen.  Gloves and trash bags will be provided, and lunch will be served. The event is acceptable for children over the age of 5.

To volunteer for the cleanup, contact Kathy Smith at ksmith@brandywine.org or 610-388-8315. Volunteers are asked to come to the Environmental Management Center at the Brandywine River Museum of Art at 9 a.m. to register and be divided into teams, which will be assigned sections of the creek.

The Young Friends of the Brandywine is a group dedicated to furthering the goals of the Brandywine Conservancy & Museum of Art. It strives to interest and involve young professionals in supporting the organization's art and environmental programs through their attendance at events, financial support, and service in volunteer leadership positions. The Young Friends' focus is both "friend-raising and fundraising." For more information, visit

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