The MTSU Stormwater Program recently completed two successful community cleanups with the help of student volunteers to protect water supplies on campus and in the surrounding community.
A campus cleanup was held Monday, Oct. 27, near the detention ponds along Rutherford Boulevard on the east side of campus. The effort resulted in the collection of 165 pounds of trash by the 52 volunteers, made up mostly of students.
Volunteers cleaned up the grassy areas around the detention ponds that collect the campus’ stormwater runoff.
On Wednesday, Oct. 29, a smaller group of student volunteers participated in a cleanup event at the spring beside the Oaklands Historic House on North Maney Avenue in Murfreesboro.
Volunteers had to wear waterproof boots or waders as well as long pants and long-sleeved shirts for this cleanup, which required volunteers to get in the water to remove trash and debris in some cases. Some volunteers waded, and others used kayaks to reach the deeper parts of the spring.
The Oaklands cleanup, which included four student volunteers and a staffer from the Murfreesboro Parks and Recreation Department, resulted in 110 pounds of trash being removed, including a 40-pound cylinder.
The MTSU Stormwater Program strives to raise awareness about the importance of water quality and to reduce the amount of pollutants that flow into the water supply through runoff.
For more information or questions about these events, contact Amanda Sherlin with the MTSU Stormwater Program at 615-904-8575, by email at Amanda.Sherlin@mtsu.edu or visit www.mtsu.edu/stormwater.
— Jimmy Hart (email@example.com)