by Lisa Tome
Lyn Dugger has found what was buried beneath all those piles of snow.
It isn't pretty.
"The snow melting is uncovering a mess. We are asking people to clean it up. I know you didn't put it there," said Dugger, streets and sidewalks commissioner for the Town of Rising Sun.
The commissioner is referring to trash that accumulated during the winter months.
While Dugger is asking people to clean up their yards, there are also plans for some clean up days in the area.
Rupert Rossetti, of the Octoraro Watershed Association is leading a clean up on April 5. "Much of the litter that you see in our roadsides, parks, and streamsides eventually finds its way into the ditches and streams and ends up in the Chesapeake Bay. Aside from being ugly to look at, it can also be harmful to the birds, fishes, and other critters that also live in the watershed. Discarded tires make a particularly good mosquito breeding ground. From a storm water perspective, it can also plug the storm-drains and make our homes and neighborhoods more flood prone," said Rossetti.
He said that The Sassafras River Association has been holding successful clean ups the past few years. This year, they are helping Cecil's Department of Public Works lead a countywide effort on April 5.
Project Clean Stream is an annual event organized by the Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay. Online you can view clean up sites and dates by going to www.cleanstream.allianceforthebay.org
You can register online for the Triangle Park clean up on April 5 or call Rossetti at 410-378-0874. That clean up will be held from 9 a.m. until noon.
He said the Triangle Park clean up will be held annually. He also hopes people will clean up trash as an ongoing effort.
Roger Lamb has organized a clean up on Stevens Road/Stone Run on April 12 from 9 a.m. until noon. That group will meet at Fastrak Express, 288 Stevens Road and will work toward Pierce Road. Last year, Lamb organized a group which picked up 37 bags of trash in a one mile stretch of Stevens Road.
"I'm not the only one who has spoken at Cecil County Council meetings and Rising Sun Town Hall about the trash issue. I've said that no amount of economic advisors hired will lure investors to our communities unless we clean up our roads and streams. Residents need to get tough about it. I find it amazing that some energy drink users don't have the energy to find a trash can to put their empties into," said Lamb.
Lamb also stated that he believes increased landfill fees have had an impact. "Now the (landfill) fees are so outrageous that there is trash everywhere," said Lamb. He also said that commercial enterprises and convenience stores who don't clean up their properties and empty trash cans are also to blame.