The Brodhead Chapter of Trout Unlimited in Monroe County is asking for volunteers to help clear Pocono Creek in Tannersville of plastic pellets spilled in the creek from a truck accident.
On March 31, a truck carrying 29,000 pounds of small plastic pellets, known as nurdles, crashed on Route 80 near Tannersville. A portion of the load was spilled into Pocono Creek.
Thanks to the herculean efforts of Schlier’s Towing, the bulk of the nurdles were removed at the source.
Now, the Brodhead Chapter of Trout Unlimited is spearheading an effort to try and capture as many of the escapees as possible.
The first cleanup is being organized on April 15 from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Volunteers are asked to meet at the former Northampton Community College site at 205 Old Mill Road in Tannersville to clean sections of Pocono creek from the Learn Preserve upstream to the Route 715 bridge through lands owned by the Pocono Heritage Land Trust and Pocono Township.
Please bring aquarium nets, pool skimmers, dust pans, flat bladed shovels, rechargeable (Dustbuster) vacuums and buckets.
Dress to get wet and bring a reusable water bottle and bug spray.