On June 5, twenty three Merck employees volunteered for a total of 57.5 hours to clean the Wissahickon Valley Watershed (WVWA). This volunteer event is sponsored by the WP DPS LINK Community Outreach Team. The day began at the Gate 5 bike shed, where T-shirts and drinks were handed out...and photographs were taken. The group loaded onto the Merck shuttle bus, and were dropped off at two strategic locations along the creek. The weather was perfect for cleaning a creek, and the effort resulted in 1,640 pounds of debris being removed, including wood, metal, plastic, aluminum, and miscellaneous trash. Most of the trash will be recycled too!
Other groups at Merck also supported this effort. Merck's Solid Waste Management Dept assisted in removing the trash. Robert Dunkerly from the West Point Nursery supplied tables, chairs and restrooms for the volunteers. Marc Washington and Dan Pisacreta from SALAR photographed the event.
The event qualified for Merck's "365 program", and so the Wissahickon Valley Watershed will receive a $500.00 donation from Merck. Carol DeLancey, Director of Events at the WVWA expressed sincere appreciation and made special note that Merck has supported the Watershed for 53 of their 56 years in existence. Many thanks to all that volunteered!