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After the Trump assassination attempt, defining democracy gets even harder; Trump picks Sen. JD Vance of Ohio, a once-fierce critic turned loyal ally, as his GOP running mate; DC residents push back on natural gas infrastructure buildup; and a new law allows youth on Medi-Cal to consent to mental health treatment.

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Donald Trump is formally put up for GOP nomination and picks Ohio Senator J.D. Vance as his running mate. Former presidential hopeful Vivek Ramaswamy and swing state delegates consider ticket.

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Enticing remote workers to move is a new business strategy in rural America, Eastern Kentucky preservationists want to save the 20th century home of a trailblazing coal miner, and a rule change could help small meat and poultry growers and consumers.

November Cleanup Campaign Targets Trash in PA Waterways

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Monday, November 15, 2021   

HARRISBURG, Pa. - Pennsylvania has seen a lot more litter generated during the pandemic, and environmental advocates have launched a cleanup campaign this month to keep trash out of waterways.

Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful, in collaboration with the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation and the state Department of Environmental Protection, is asking volunteers to pick up garbage along streams, lakes and rivers, now through November 30.

It's estimated more than 502 million items litter Pennsylvania roadways alone, and a good portion end up in waterways. Michelle Dunn, who coordinates the "Pick Up Pennsylvania" campaign, said trash can be hazardous, both to water quality and wildlife.

"With all these rainstorms we're having, all the litter and even illegal dumping gets washed into the storm drains," said Dunn. "That clogs the storm drains, flooding local areas. It can be blocking our creeks, which then causes flooding and eventually gets into our rivers and to the ocean, adding to the marine pollution."

The Environmental Protection Agency estimates 80% of the debris in the ocean started as trash on land. Pick Up Pennsylvania plans to kick off year-round litter clean-ups starting in January.

Due to the high costs of trash cleanup, Dunn says the DEP, Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful and PennDOT are preparing to release a state Litter Action Plan, focused on prevention, by the end of this month.

"Anything that you can keep out of the waterways is tremendous, and it doesn't have to be this big fanfare of an event," said Dunn. "It can be removing an illegal dumpsite. It can be educating students or just your family to not litter, to be conscious of what could be recycled."

Trash bags and gloves will be provided to Pick Up Pennsylvania volunteers. There's a schedule of upcoming cleanups by region on Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful's calendar of events, along with information about how to organize your own cleanup.




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