It is officially spring and in spring a good citizen’s thoughts turns to spring cleaning.

The City of Brewer just announced the Ken Locke Annual Stream Clean-up event.

This year’s event will mark Brewer’s 18th year of participation.

This year’s event is being held in recognition of former Water Pollution Control Facility (WPCF) Director Ken Locke. Ken was Environmental Services Director for the City of Brewer and won the Governor’s Award for Environmental Excellence in 2017 for his effort to protect and improve Maine’s environment.

Ken was a driving force behind Brewer outreach community programs and was fond of the stream clean up.

This year’s event will take place Saturday, May 7 (with a rain date of Saturday, May 14), from 8 a.m. until Noon.

Brewer’s stream clean-up event is recognized as one of the most successful in the entire state.

Volunteers consist of local citizens and their families, as well as business owners and operators and their staffs, along with church groups, and youth groups like Boy Scout and Girl Scout troops. This is a great event for high school students looking to get their community service hours in.

All that is needed to get the job done will be provided, and after the event all volunteers are invited to the Appreciation Picnic, provided by Jeff’s Catering.

Last year volunteers collected 1.37 tons of trash. All to assist in the protection of water quality. And we all benefit from that.

Although the event is not until May 7, all volunteers, individuals and organizations and groups are asked to sign up to join the event by emailing kwebber@brewermaine.gov or by calling 989-5417, by April 29.

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