NAPS Fall Creek Cleanup a Success


Dozens of student and adult volunteers participated in the Annual Creek Cleanup organized by NAPS, Sunday, October 3rd, 2021.


Around noon, the group assembled at Cowart Seafood on the Coan River near Lottsburg – the land base of operations. After a hearty lunch for all participants, skiff captains shoved off with cleanup teams to remove boatloads of trash and recyclables from the shorelines of the Coan, The Glebe and adjacent creeks. A small group of kayakers tackled the headwaters. A volunteer crew from Smith Point Sea Rescue manned a safety boat.


The “catch” was brought back to the Cowart Seafood dock to be unloaded and sorted. Each registered participant was awarded a NAPS-designed T-shirt with a trash crab logo and the message: “Don’t trash my Bay!”


The 2021 NAPS Creek Cleanup was funded by a donation from Omega Protein and NAPS. Other sponsors include Cowart Seafood for providing the base of operations, Smith Point Sea Rescue for providing the safety boat and crew, Allison’s ACE Hardware for loaning tables and chairs, Lewisetta Marina for free-of-charge use of its boat ramp, the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service for providing no-cost accident insurance for registered participants, and Clean Virginia Waterways for providing trash bags and gloves.


To participate in this year’s NAPS Creek Cleanup as a volunteer or sponsor, email stewardship@NAPSva.org. Which creek should we tackle next?


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