Neighborhood Ecology Corps helps with Trash Trout clean-out

Education, Environmental, Sound Rivers

Posted on January 26th, 2023

(Left to right) N.C. State student Ilene Doyle and Neighborhood Ecology Corps members Lina Edwards and Virginia Campion take stock of the trash pulled from the Raleigh Trash Trout.

Neuse Riverkeeper Samantha Krop headed up another Raleigh Trash Trout clean-out last week, with help from the Walnut Creek Wetlands Center Neighborhood Ecology Corps. Installed on Little Rock Creek in November of 2022, the third clean-out netted: 47 pieces of plastic film; 59 pieces of hard plastic; 176 pieces of Styrofoam; two pieces of metal; four fragments of glass; some paper and a wooden pencil.

Sound Rivers installed three of the littering collecting devices on small waterways in Raleigh, New Bern and Washington last year. The collection and auditing of trash captured is part of a two-year-long, statewide study on microplastics, determining what macroplastics end of up in local waterways, where they come from and how they break down into microplastics.

Walnut Creek Wetlands Center’s Neighborhood Ecology Corps members wade into Little Rock Creek with Neuse Riverkeeper Samantha Krop.

Walnut Creek Wetlands Center’s Neighborhood Ecology Corps members (left to right) Lina Edwards, Milan Herzog and Virginia Campion.

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