The Friends of Pipe Creek Watershed are getting their hands dirty to clean up Pipe Creek.
The group will lead a stream cleanup from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.
From 9-11 a.m. volunteers will pick up litter and light brush at the Pharm Plaza, along U.S. 250 and across from Oakland Cemetery.
From noon to 2 p.m. the group will clean up the Pipe Creek Pathway on the east end of First Street. A lunch will be provided between site cleanups.
"It's not about us," said Kathy Mueller, vice president of the Friends of Pipe Creek Watershed. "A lot of what we do is partnering with other groups."
The group formed in 2006 and works to promote preservation, restoration, and sustainable development for the protection of the area water quality, biological health and natural beauty.
Pipe Creek starts in Huron County and flows 15 miles through Erie County and into the Sandusky Bay. The watershed action group is concerned about the creek and the land use of the watershed area.
"This is a pretty important land area," Mueller explained.
On Thursday the group gathered for its monthly meeting at St. Stephen United Church of Christ in Sandusky to discuss a range of watershed issues, including Earth Day, monitoring water quality and the problem of pharmaceuticals in the water.
Sandusky city commissioner Dave Waddington has been actively involved with the Friends of Pipe Creek Watershed and will take part in the Saturday cleanup.
Waddington and commissioner Dan Kaman will meet at the McDonalds on River Avenue near the Pipe Creek Pathway from 7-8 a.m. before heading to the Pathway to begin cleaning.
"I just have to take that challenge on to be Mr. Clean," Waddington said with a laugh.
In addition to the Pipe Creek areas scheduled for cleanup Saturday, Waddington said there are a lot of areas around town he'd like to see cleaned up.
"We just can't have this," Waddington said, walking around a pile of discarded tires near the railroad crossing on Mills Street.
The average Ohioan discards 5.5 pounds of trash every day, according to recent statistics from the Erie County Solid Waste Management District.
Waddington said the city has to change its views on how to deal with trash.
"I grew up in the 'throw-away' world," Waddington explained.
"The mentality of 'pitch, pitch, pitch,' now needs to become 'recycle, reduce, reuse.'"
"We should try to be an example," said Lisa Beursken, coordinator for the Erie County Solid Waste Management District.
Several other groups throughout the county will work Saturday on a variety of clean-up projects as part of the Great American Clean-Up.
Want to help?
WHAT: Stream Cleanup
WHO: Friends of Pipe Creek Watershed
WHERE: Pharm Plaza and Pipe Creek Pathway, Sandusky
WHEN: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday
HOW: To sign up, contact Barry Riddle at 419-626-5703 or Bre Hohman at 419-626-5211