The first Keep Pasco Beautiful World Oceans Day cleanup event was hailed a success – with the environment reeling in the biggest benefits, according to a news release.
Pasco County has more than 20 miles of coastline along the Gulf of Mexico.
In Central Pasco and East Pasco, there are several watersheds that lead to Tampa Bay and various rivers.
Volunteers donated their time in June, at two Pasco County locations: Anclote Gulf Park in Holiday and Cypress Creek Preserve in Land O’ Lakes.
Combing the roadways and shoreline, they removed everything from televisions and sofa cushions to car bumpers and tires.
“Trash along the roadways ends up in the stormwater system, which ultimately leads to the Gulf,” said Keep Pasco Beautiful Coordinator Kristen King. “We live in an amazing place, and we all have to do our part to protect it.”
Here are statistics from the event:
- 1,460 poundsof trash collected
- 59 volunteers
- 118 volunteer hourslogged
- $3,368 cost benefit(Volunteer Time Value)
To volunteer or learn more about Keep Pasco Beautiful, visit KeepPascoBeautiful.org.
Published July 14, 2021