Tioga County, N.Y. — You may not give it much thought, but water streams play a vital role in life. Keeping these waterways clean is important as they help trap floodwaters, recharge groundwater supplies, filter pollution, and provide habitats for fish and wildlife according to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA.) Locally, the Tioga County Water Quality Coordinating Committee (WQCC) was established to help protect and conserve the water resources of Tioga County.
Just a short few weeks ago in April, Southern Tier residents celebrated the care and protection of the planet with Earth Day events. Along the same lines, the WQCC is seeking volunteers to organize and coordinate Tioga County stream cleanups in an effort to “Make a Difference in May.” Gather your fellow stream cleanup stewards such as family, friends, coworkers or others from an organization you belong to such as a church, school club, sports team, or civic organization. Then select a Tioga County stream of your choice, or the WQCC can assign to you a stream in need. Select a date and time to volunteer, and the WQCC will provide all the supplies such as gloves, trash bags, trash disposal, volunteer t-shirts, and even participation gifts all free of cost.
This initiative is county wide and is on-going for the entire month of May. To register a team, use the Google form on WQCC’s Facebook page at facebook.com/TiogaSWCD. For questions, call the Soil and Water Conservation District office at (607) 687-3553 and ask for Heather Scott.
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