Organized by the Eastfield Stanbrook Civic Association, more than 100 volunteers took to Lynch Cove Run this past weekend for the stream's first cleanup in years.
Volunteers pulled out enough bottles, plastic bags and garbage to fill 100 trash bags, according to Karen Cruz, president of the community association.
Larger items dug from the stream included 10 bicycles and a motorized scooter.
Tree limbs and other natural debris cluttering the stream–enough for several truck loads, volunteer Patricia Paul said–are scheduled to be picked up by Baltimore County for composting.
"I was really excited to see so many people participate," Paul said, noting that along with Eastfield Stanbrook Civic Association members, volunteers came from the Johns Hopkins School of Health, Stevenson University, Clean Bread and Cheese, the Dundalk Renaissance Corporation, local scouting troops and churches, as well as a Baltimore County police program for juvenile offenders.
Lynch Cove Run flows between and Paul said, with trash often arriving from farther upstream, including the Merritt Park Shopping Center area and the Holabird and Norwood neighborhoods. She added that Regional Management, the new management company running the Merritt Park Shopping Center also assisted in the cleanup.
"We did a cleanup several years ago, but didn't get as far as we did this time," Paul said. "We still have a segment to go, which hopefully we will be able to get to soon.
"Nobody else is doing this, Baltimore County doesn't clean the stream," Paul added. "It was great to see 100 bags filled with trash that used to be in the stream."