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No matter where we live, we live in a watershed, and everything we do on the land and in the air ends up in the water, and eventually makes it way to the oceans. The health of our watersheds is a very sensitive indicator of climate change. That is why the Sierra Club is teaming up with the Octoraro Watershed Association (OWA) and the PennState Master Watershed Steward program to help keep our ocean and waterways clean, and we’d like you to join us! We are hosting a cleanup on April 13 (Sat.) at the Octoraro Lake Reservoir, from 8:30a to 12:00p. Octoraro Lake is a source of drinking water for residents of Chester County. Difficulty level: mild, self-paced, involves walking in areas around the reservoir. We will work under light rain but will cancel under heavy rain or thunder/lightning during the work period. Enjoy a morning at a beautiful lake in southern Chester County, which is an important source of drinking water for residents. Octoraro Lake is a tributary of the Susquehanna River, and thus this cleanup helps to keep the trash from making its way into the Chesapeake Bay watershed and the Atlantic Ocean. The OWA is dedicated to protecting and conserving the natural resources of the Octoraro Watershed and were instrumental in placing the main stem of the Octoraro Creek in the Pennsylvania Scenic Rivers Program. The goal of the OWA is to improve water quality which is suffering from excessive and increasing salt accumulation in soil and water, pharmaceuticals, chemical pollutants, and excessive nutrients. Sierra Club members and friends and family members, Master Watershed Stewards, other environmental activists, and all others who want to help improve lake ecology and water quality are invited. Wear waterproof knee boots or waders, long trousers, hats if sunny, change of footwear, and a seat cover for your car seat. Bring your own re-usable water bottle. OWA will provide gloves and trash bags. Where: Octoraro Lake, gathering at Jim Neary’s Bait & Tackle, at 212 Spruce Grove Road, Kirkwood, PA 17536 When: Saturday, April 13, 2019 Time: 8:30a to 12:00 p Participants are required to sign a liability waiver for the Sierra Club, and to sign out if leaving early. Due to proximity to the lake, no children <18yo. Contact: Carol Armstrong at [masked].
*WEATHER DATE SUNDAY, APRIL 14* Kickstart spring by exploring some of Kensington's unique community gardens and shared open spaces. Join the Neighborhood Gardens Trust and the Sierra Club for a community garden walking tour on Saturday, April 13 from 2:00-4:00. We will visit a range of growing spaces - from a children-focused garden to a community farm, from gardens that have been tended for more that 20 years to some that are recent neighborhood additions. Each garden has a different story to share, and tour participates will be greeted by gardeners who will share what makes their growing space a beautiful place to gather, learn and cultivate food, flowers and community.This event is open to all ages, but please NO STROLLERS. Also, though we love them, please NO DOGS - the tour was not designed with them in mind. The Neighborhood Gardens Trust (NGT) is Philadelphia's largest land trust. NGT dedicated to preserving and supporting community gardens and other shared open spaces across the city. NGT's work is grounded in the belief that an equitable and sustainable city is one in which all neighborhoods have vibrant green spaces for residents to grow food, flowers and community. Learn more at https://www.ngtrust.org/ Cancellation Policy: Steady rain cancels, and we will do it on Sunday, April 14 instead.