HD Cleaning up a river by land and sea
Cleaning up trash along a shoreline, replacing wooden boards on a fishing pier, and removing invasive plants were among the major accomplishments today as students from New Era Academy, Maritime Industries Academy, and Carver Vocational-Technical High School went to Middle Branch Park in the Port of Baltimore to help Baltimore City Recreation and Parks and the Baltimore City Navy Reservists make a positive impact on the environment and the community. Carver Vocational-Technical High School handled the fishing pier by ripping out old nails, taking measurements for new boards, making the cuts, and nailing them into place. The students were led by Ambrose, a senior at Carver, who said that “fixing the pier is important so people can fish, enjoy the views, and not get hurt while doing it.”While Carver students were fixing the pier, students from New Era and Maritime were learning about kayak and canoe safety in order to canvas the shoreline for plastic bottles, tires, wires, and other trash items coming right out of Baltimore City into the port as it’s carried by the Gwynns Falls stream and other tributaries that feed into the Chesapeake. For many students, this was their first time learning about the pollution along the Middle Branch part of the Patapsco River and it was a true eye-opener. Zion, a senior and JROTC student, summed it up best by saying, “We’re young people, so we should be more responsible. If we want the city to be cleaner in the future then we must take care of it now to preserve it for future generations."