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NWP Global Registry of Apprentice Ecologists - Yardley, Pennsylvania, USA

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Yardley, Pennsylvania, USA
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Registered: June 2009
City/Town/Province: Yardley, PA
Posts: 1
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Over the weekend I did what most teenagers donít think to do during their free time, I helped in an effort to clean up trash along the canal tow path. Iím a boy scout in Troop 230 from Yardley, Pennsylvania and as part of completing a requirement to earn my Citizenship in the Community merit badge, I used this opportunity to contribute community service and make a difference in the appearance of the canal. Our patrol consisting of five scouts, took a great deal of hard working time and participated on multiple days cleaning up the areas in and around the canal tow path from Yardley to Morrisville and up towards Washington Crossing, PA During the clean-up project we pulled out multiple trash bags of garbage including many plastic beverage containers aluminum cans, items that nowadays are easily recyclable. To me and many others itís frustrating to see the amount of plastic bottles that are thrown out every year instead of being recycled. It was even amazing the amount of bike parts that was pulled out of the muddy water. Why do people throw these things into the canal?
This area is used by people of all ages for walking and biking. It is a familiar place to see people walk their dogs on a daily basis. By keeping this area clean, everyone has a safe a clean area for recreation. Now that we helped clean it up I think it is more enjoyable to do these activities. People even thanked us as they walked by during our clean up. Hopefully other people will notice the changes we made in comparison to how it looked before we started the project.
Iíve noticed that when the canal has cleaner and moving water, fish, frogs, turtle, ducks and geese can be seen swimming along the water. Iím sure there are even squirrels and deer that come down to drink the water when it isnít so cluttered with trash. I liked working on this project because I could quickly see improvement in each area where we cleared trash. Unfortunately, this area continues to accumulate additional garbage and it is a task our patrol continues to maintain the area. Soon I hope more people will catch on and stop littering or at least maybe more people will get involved to help prevent this from going too far.
Date: June 9, 2009 ∑ Views: 3985 ∑ File size: 15.3kb, 54.5kb: 640 x 480 ∑
Hours Volunteered: 50
Volunteers: 5
Authors Age & Age Range of Volunteers: 13 & 12 to 15
Area Restored for Native Wildlife (hectares): 0.8
Trash Removed/Recycled from Environment (kg): 27
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