Are you free Saturday morning?

Written by Diana Nelson Jones on .

The Park Place neighborhood blog has put out a call for volunteers to clean up storm damage in the Nine Mile Run watershed this Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon.

Nine Mile Run, which runs through Frick Park, is still suffering from the near-apocalyptic storm on the evening of June 17, and recent storms haven't helped.

"I was down there in the rain today," said Lisa Brown, outreach coordinator for the Nine Mile Run Watershed Association. "There's quite a bit of erosion. The drainage pipes into the upper park are clogged with sediment and debris and with the continual litter."

You don't have to live in one of Nine Mile Run's neighborhoods to care about it. All watersheds are related, and our lives depend on them.Nine Mile Run the way it should look. Photo by John Moyer

From a spiritual standpoint, you can never put a price on a watershed, but if you prefer statistics, the state Department of Environmental Protection, the city and the Army Corps of Engineers spent $7.7 million between 2004 and 2006 to clean up our messes and waste to restore this aquatic ecosystem.

If you're free Saturday morning, wear long pants and sturdy boots or shoes and meet the others in the lower Frick Park soccer field using the Lancaster Avenue entrance. Tents will be up. You will get a light breakfast and refreshments, including water. PennDOT is supplying gloves, safety vests and bags.

But wait! Register first by contacting Lisa Brown, outreach coordinator, at 412.371.8779 ext. 15.

To find out more about the watershed association's work, including its rain barrel project, visit You can also check out what's happening in Park Place at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. '; document.write(''); document.write(addy_text61732); document.write('<\/a>'); //-->\n This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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