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Neighborhood kids go trash-trapping in Raleigh

Education, Environmental, Litter-Free Rivers, Neuse River Watershed, Sound Rivers, Stormwater Runoff, Volunteer, Volunteers, Water Quality

Posted on January 18th, 2024

Neuse Riverkeeper Samantha Krop (right) celebrates a successful trash trap clean-out with members of the Neighborhood Ecology Corps.

Neuse Riverkeeper Samantha Krop teamed up with the Neighborhood Ecology Corps to clean out the Raleigh trash trap on Wednesday.

Nine 7th-graders and one 9th-grader helped Sam pull 32 pounds of trash from the trash trap on Little Rock Creek, which runs through the campus of the Walnut Creek Wetland Center. The Little Rock Creek trash trap was the third trash trap installed on smaller waterways in the Neuse and Tar-Pamlico watersheds as part of Sound Rivers’ Litter-Free Rivers program.

Based out of the Walnut Creek Wetland Park, the Neighborhood Ecology Corps is a program for middle and high school students focused on building environmentally literate citizens with a holistic view of their communities through hands-on experiences. 

The program is open to all middle-school students (with a focus on serving the southeast Raleigh community), with once-a-week meet-ups from September to May. For more information, visit the City of Raleigh website here.

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