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Pictured are Dennis Brickell, Natalie Bryant, Nikolas Bryant, Michael Cooke, Dennis Cosio, Elijah Coker, Madison Coker, Jerome Moleno, Kaitlyn Poarch, Makenna Poarch, Ally Sowards, Hailey Sowards, LeAnna Sowards, Zahmier Williams and Jennifer Coker (Chowan Basin SWCD Conservation Education Tech). Not Pictured are Curtis Brickell, Tonya and Frankie Bryant, Katie Poarch and Cody Sowards.

Chowan Basin Soil and Water Conservation District hosted its fourth annual “Trash or Treat” event at Veteran’s Memorial Park on Saturday, Oct. 26.

Volunteers from Boy Scout Troop 232, Girl Scout Troop 5012, Greensville County High School, E.W. Wyatt Middle School, and Brunswick Academy; along with several adults participated in cleaning up around the park as part of a statewide initiative to keep Virginia waterways clean and beautiful.

The volunteers split into groups and each group had a captain that recorded the type and amount of litter collected. All the data from each group was then tallied and sent to Clean Virginia Waterways through Longwood University. This statewide, nonprofit volunteer organization compiles the data and then shares it with entities such as Virginia State Parks, local governments, U.S. Coast Guard, NOAA, EPA, DEQ and the media.

Volunteers extended the clean-up to include areas around the Farmer’s Market, both sides of the Meherrin River from Main Street to Lee Street, the Post Office, Municipal Building and the Library.

The most collected items within our area included: plastic, cigarette butts, beverage cans and food wrappers. At the end of the clean-up, volunteers exchanged their bags of trash for a treat from the Chowan Basin SWCD.

The Chowan Basin SWCD hosts this event regularly in our community to help protect our environment and educate the public about what they can do to keep our waterways clean.

If you are interested in volunteering next year or have any questions on how you can help protect our waterways, please search for and like Chowan Basin SWCD on Facebook or contact Jennifer Coker, Conservation Education Technician at (434)336-6243.

Once again, a big thank you to all the volunteers that came out and gave their time to help keep not only our local waterways clean and beautiful, but also our community in which we live.