Valley Creek has been a valuable natural resource for the city of Birmingham and the surrounding communities throughout their history. Valley Creek begins under downtown Birmingham (close to UAB Hospital) and flows west to the Black Warrior River. The watershed for Valley Creek is a part of Bessemer, Birmingham, Brighton, Fairfield, Hueytown, Lipscomb, Maytown, Midfield, North Johns, Pleasant Grove, and Sylvan Springs and covers about 257 square miles. Valley Creek provides aquatic habitat to numerous animals and continues to improve but it needs your help…….
The 5th Annual Valley Creek Clean-Up will focus on public awareness and trash removal in the Valley Creek watershed. The Clean-Up is coordinated by the Storm Water Management Authority, Inc. and Jefferson County Department of Health, and supported by a coalition of local citizens, businesses, and local municipalities. The cities involved include Birmingham, Bessemer, Brighton, Lipscomb, Fairfield, Hueytown, Midfield and Pleasant Grove. So far over 70 tonsof trash and debris have been removed from the creek.
Clean-Up Locations on August 22, 2015 (8 a.m. till Noon)
- 5 Points West Library, Birmingham, AL (Roadside Activities)
- B.Y. Williams Sr. Dr. Midfield, AL (Vacant Lot Next to Freewill Church of God In Christ) (Creek and Roadside Activities)
- McNeil Park-1931 13th Street North Bessemer, AL (Roadside Activities)
Who Benefits from the Clean-Up?
- Students-If participants would like to use the letter towards their community service hours including, but not limited to the following groups: high school students, college students in fraternity, sorority, environmental clubs or any civic organization.
- Outdoor Enthusiasts-who have an appreciation for our rivers and natural resources
- Residents-removing the trash from the stream can assist in reducing flooding. Items that prevent the water from moving freely in the creek.
- Citizens-The Clean-Up helps educate the public on the effects of trash in storm drain systems or entering directly into the creek.
- Community-Pride knowing that you have participated in GREAT cause in your community.
- You-Free hot dog lunch, T-Shirt and supplies (While they last!!!)
Description of Clean-Up Activities
Roadside Clean-Up Participant (8-15 years of age must be accompanied by adult)
Volunteer participants will remove litter and trash items along the roadside banks. Volunteers will receive clean-up supplies while they last to remove debris related items. Volunteers will be placed in a group accompanied by Valley Creek Clean-Up Committee Representative to the various site locations.
In the Creek Participant (12-15 years of age must be accompanied by adult)
Volunteer participants will remove litter and trash items along the creek banks. Volunteers will receive clean-up supplies while they last to remove debris related items. Waders will be available to volunteers while supplies last. Volunteers will be placed in a groupaccompanied by Valley Creek Clean-Up Team Representative to the various site locations along the creek. Trash will be placed in boats and floated down to a pick up site.
Schedule of Clean-Up Activities
Thursday, August 20, 2015
Volunteers will work alongside the Public Works Department to remove heavy items out of the creek. Trash will be placed in boats and floated down to a pick up site. The Clean-Up is scheduled from 8am-12pm.
Friday, August 21, 2015
Volunteers will be able to pick up supplies for the Clean-Up at the city halls of Lipscomb and Fairfield. The Clean-Up activities will involve trash removal from the roadside.
Saturday, August 22, 2015
Volunteers will meet at the upper basin and lower basin sites and participate in the in-creek or roadside activities (please see description above). Trash will be placed in boats and floated down to a pick up site. The Clean-Up is scheduled from 8am-12pm.
What to Wear
Wear old clothes (long pants or shorts) that you don’t mind getting dirty or stained. Also consider wearing close toe shoes for your protection such as old tennis shoes (No sandals or flip-flops!!!).
What to Bring
Consider bringing insect repellant, sunscreen and gloves for your protection as well as Items such as trash pickers or gardener potato forks/rakes are very helpful in picking trash up on the side of the road as well as out of trees along the creek. If you are interested in getting in the creek and you have waders please bring them. A limited number of waders will be available to volunteers (while supplies last).
Ø Only pick up items with which you are comfortable. Ask for help with larger or awkward items. If it won’t budge, just leave it.
Ø Be careful when handling sharp items. Use gloves!!!
Ø Be on the lookout for snakes, wasps, and hornets in debris piles or vegetated areas.
Ø Don’t get dehydrated. Drink plenty of water.