First Posted: 5/20/2009
More than 30 organizations in Northeastern Pennsylvania gave Mother Nature a helping hand by participating in the Great NEPA Clean-Up during Earth Week from April 18 to April 25. The event, hosted by the Lackawanna Heritage Valley Authority and the Northeastern Pennsylvania Conservation Alliance, included clean-ups, plantings and other programs organized by communities, businesses, universities, state parks, environmental groups and nonprofit organizations. All across the region people helped the environment by reusing, reducing, and recycling. More than 300 volunteers of all ages cleaned up local roads, trails, streams and gardens. Many local residents joined 600 volunteers across the state to clean 136 miles of PA Route 6. Hundreds of people attended the fairs, lectures and other events hosted by the University of Scranton and Penn State Schuylkill, and the lawn at the Waverly Community House was covered with boxes of donated items at the One-Stop Donation Drop. Supplies for the Great NEPA Clean-Up were provided by PennDOT and GLAD Products Company through the Great American Cleanup of PA, which runs through May 31. Giant Food Supermarkets and Wegmans provided water and snacks for volunteers. For details, contact 963-6730, ext. 8212, or .