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The Montgomery County Department of Environmental Protection held an Earth Day stream clean up in the White Oak neighborhood of Silver Spring.
More than 50 volunteers collected 100 bags of trash and 58 tires on Saturday, April 20. They also collected metal items including U. S. Navy synchro generator. Several volunteers also installed 48 “Don’t Dump” markers on storm drain inlets around the neighborhood.
Partners in the clean up, which was held in conjunction with the Anacostia Watershed Society’s Earth Day Cleanups, also included the Eyes of Paint Branch, the Department of Parks, the Bridgestone America’s Spent Tire Community Clean-up Program and community volunteers, such as the White Oak Basketball group and the Housing Opportunities Commission Georgian Court Teen Club.
Following the cleanup, participants celebrated with lunch donated by a local resident, June Henderson, at the White Oak Community Center located at 1700 April Lane.
The Center features geothermal walls, a vegetative roof, eco-friendly certified wood and energy-efficient lighting that has achieved LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) gold certification.
The Department of Environmental Protection has installed 23 stormwater management features in the White Oak neighborhood along Stewart and April lanes and Lockwood Drive that include curb extensions, bioswales, tree box filters and modified storm drain inlets.