Into the Ditch with GOAL

March 29, 2013 4:50 pm0 commentsViews: 87
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xGOAL-BlkDitch-9The photo above may look like a scene from the movie Deliverance, but it actually shows one of more than 70 neighborhood volunteers who turned out on March 9 to help GOAL (the Greenbelt Overhaul Alliance of Levittown) clean up Black Ditch Creek.

The cleanup was an amphibious operation, with volunteers in canoes and kayaks dredging up discarded tires and other debris strewn in the waterway and volunteers on land rolling the tires up the embankments and hauling the trash away to waiting trucks. The day’s efforts yielded a small mountain of tires and a cleaner, more freely flowing creek.

GOAL, which was founded by local resident Dale Frazier in 2009, has conducted more than 40 cleanup and planting projects in the Levittown area in its mission to reclaim the greenbelts and waterways after decades of neglect. The volunteers include men and women of all ages as well as kids and families (see photos below).

Lunch, tools and guidance on GOAL projects are provided by Mr. Frazier and his core team, including Tullytown Councilman Ed Armstrong. GOAL’s next field project, a cleanup and replanting effort, is scheduled for Saturday, April 13. (Visit www.ltowngoal.com for more info.) Those interested in helping should meet at Holly Drive and Holly Way in Levittown at 9am. “Work ends at 1pm,” said Mr. Frazier. “And then we feed our volunteers.”

70 neighborhood volunteers who turned out on March 9 to help GOAL (the Greenbelt Overhaul Alliance of Levittown) clean up Black Ditch Creek.

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