By Linh Bui

BALTIMORE (WJZ) — Some major spring cleaning! But these Marylanders aren’t getting their homes in order, they’re working on something even bigger.

As Linh Bui explains, they’re cleaning up their entire community.

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It’s all about beautifying the neighborhood where you live and work, while raising awareness about the environment.

Armed with gloves and trash bags, volunteers get to work.

“We’re cleaning up the stream along Franklintown Road. People use this road to go back and forth to work a lot and pick up their kids and stuff like that and they just toss their stuff out the windows,” said Paula Rothman, Baltimore.

Volunteers spend their Saturday morning picking up trash in Gwynns Falls–from tires, to soda bottles, to paper.

“I don’t think anybody would want to live in some of the junk that we find in this stream,” said Paula Rothman.

The event is part of Project Clean Stream–an effort to clean up parks, rivers and streams throughout the Chesapeake Bay area.

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“It’s just something that needs to be done and somebody has to do it,” said Jean O’Donnel.

Volunteers find discarded mattresses and bicycles–even money on the side of the road.

Project Clean Stream has been around for 11 years. Overall, 5,500 volunteers have collected 350,000 pounds of trash.

“This is a gorgeous park. This is a beautiful, beautiful place. And we’re not going to have a whole lot of these left if we don’t take care of them,” Rothman said.

Project Clean Stream will support more cleanups throughout the spring.

If you’d like to volunteer with Project Clean Stream, click here.

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