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Friends of Ten Mile Creek to Clean Up Creek and Reservoir Saturday

The Friends of Ten Mile Creek, an organization that serves as guardians of Ten Mile Creek and its watershed to preserve and protect the Ten Mile Creek and Little Seneca Reservoir, will gather to clean up trash from near the creek and reservoir this Saturday, Nov. 14 at 1:00 pm.

Those interested in helping can meet at the Visitors Center in Black Hill Regional Park, located at 20926 Lake Ridge Drive in Boyds. Volunteers will then carpool from there to the area that will be cleaned up. There will be a prize for the most unusual piece of trash collected.

According to the group, Ten Mile Creek is one of the healthiest waterways remaining in the entire Chesapeake Bay watershed and supports a greater diversity of aquatic life – insects, salamanders, and fish – than any other stream in Montgomery County. The creek is of such high quality that it is considered a “reference stream” which scientists use as a “measuring rod” to judge the health of other area streams.

Ten Mile Creek is also the cleanest tributary flowing into Little Seneca Reservoir, the closest emergency drinking water supply for 4.3 million people in the Washington, D.C. area. The reservoir is a critical component of the regional drinking water system and a popular recreational resource for canoeing, kayaking, hiking, picnicking, fishing, bird watching, and other activities.

This cleanup is a great opportunity to enjoy fall at the reservoir while helping to keep it clean. The group will be cleaning up along a road and possibly some trails around Little Seneca Reservoir. The clean-up will last about 2-3 hours.

Bring work or rubber gloves, extras will be available, Also, dress for the weather (bring extra layers, a hat, and winter gloves to wear under your work gloves) and wear clothing that you don't mind getting dirty. If you happen to have a trash grabber stick or a long rake, please bring it along. And if there's a chance of precipitation, please bring rain gear. Don't forget to pack water and a snack if you'd like one. Leave pets at home.

The group will have forms for SSL hours for students who may need them.

In the event of heavy rain, the cleanup will be rescheduled. Please call 301-461-4016 to find out if the event is still on in case of inclement weather.

Photo by Germantown Pulse