More than 300 miles of streams run though Anchorage. Each one supports a vibrant, and delicate, ecosystem. That’s why the Alaska Center for the Environment (ACE) hosts the Creek Cleanup.
“Our waterways in and around the municipality of Anchorage are some of the greatest pride and joy we have as residents of this city” said Polly Carr, who works for ACE. “And so keeping those natural assets preserved and healthy just makes Anchorage a better place to live.”
It is the first year the event has been held in the fall. The annual spring event has a similar mission, and volunteers during the most recent cleanup collected more than 5,000 pounds of trash.
“Everyone uses our creeks, everyone values our creeks, and this is one way that we can give back and get the community involved,” said Carr.
One of the volunteers was Ellen Hamel. She says she participated in clean-ups in the past, adding it was important to get her family involved.
“It makes us appreciative of what we have,and it makes us think twice before we leave a little wrapper or a tiny can on the ground, because it takes effort to pick everything up,” said Hamel. “It’s nice to take care of what you use.”
Organizers said at least 100 people participated in the event. There were clean-ups at six different parks around the city.
“It’s important that people who use the parks get involved and take ownership,” said Hamel.