Earth Day on the Pamlico — cleaned up!

Environmental, Events, Sound Rivers

Posted on April 27th, 2023

Sound Rivers partnered with Pitt Street Brewing Company on the Pamlico for a successful Earth Day Clean-up in Washington.

Organized by Sound Rivers’ board member Betsy Hester and Pitt Street Brewing’s manager Peter Ramirez, Water Quality Specialist Taylor Register and Volunteer Coordinator Emily Fritz were on hand to assist.

“I was not anticipating that big of a crowd to show up on a Saturday morning, so that was great,” Emily said. “Betsy is a magician in that she’s able to get people together and get excited about picking up trash.”

Not trash, but a fun find: a crayfish from Jack’s Creek.

Approximately 25 volunteers met up at Havens Gardens in Washington, then fanned out, picking up trash for the next two hours: through the park, along the Pamlico River shoreline, and up the banks of Jack’s Creek.

“It was a great work, and everyone at the end was talking about how much of a difference they could see, which is always great to have instant gratification for the all the hard work you put in,” Emily said.

Afterward, the crew met up at Pitt Street on the Pamlico to toast their Earth Day outing.

“Pitt Street was the perfect way to end the clean-up,” Emily said. “Everyone had a beer and talked about this clean-up and future efforts.”

Volunteer Coordinator Emily Fritz (left) and Taylor Register (right) enjoy a post-cleanup brew at Pitt Street Brewing Company on the Pamlico.

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