Volunteers needed for Red Clay Valley clean up

Volunteers at last year's Red Clay Valley clean up.

Volunteers are needed for the Annual Red Clay Valley Clean Up to be held on Saturday, March 29 from 8 a.m. to noon. The Clean Up is co-sponsored by the Red Clay Valley Association (RCVA) and the Delaware Nature Society (DNS) with additional support from the Kennett Area Park Authority, United Water Delaware, Wild Birds Unlimited, WSFS, Delaware State Senator Greg Lavelle and others. The Clean Up covers approximately 70 miles of stream and road ways along the east and west branches of the Red Clay Creek, including Kennett Square Borough going south through Yorklyn and Hockessin, DE and ending at Kirkwood Highway.

Volunteers are crucial to the success of the Red Clay Valley Clean Up, which is now celebrating its 26th year. Over 700 volunteers participated in 2013 to collect more than 13 tons of trash. “Volunteers work hard but most also consider it great fun and an opportunity for family and neighbors to get together,” says Jim Jordan, chair of the Red Clay Clean Up project.

The Clean Up kicks off at 8 a.m., when volunteers assemble in Kennett Square at Anson B. Nixon Park or Kennett Area YMCA’s Outdoor Pool or in Hockessin, Delaware at the Ashland Nature Center. After check-in and refreshments including Starbucks coffee, volunteers disperse to assigned areas along the clean up route. Necessary materials (gloves, bags, reflective safety vests, etc.) are provided. Large groups are encouraged to contact RCVA (610-793-1090) or DNS (302-239-2334) to register prior to March 29th.