Volunteer Cleanup Crew Makes Major Haul From Fox Creek


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In this Brett Fish photo, volunteers show off some of their haul from beneath the Sylvester Bridge in Normandy Park. From left to right: Clarke Brant (Normandy Park Councilmember), Colin Nardine, Dennis Clark, Andy Batcho, Jim Burrows and Tony Cassarino

Volunteers show off some of their haul from beneath the Sylvester Bridge in Normandy Park. From left to right: Clarke Brant (Normandy Park Councilmember), Colin Nardine, Dennis Clark, Andy Batcho, Jim Burrows and Tony Cassarino. Photo by Brett Fish

Last Saturday (Oct. 25th), ten adventurous area residents braved the deep ravine beneath the Sylvester Bridge in Normandy Park to do some serious cleaning of Fox Creek.

According to Basin Steward Dennis Clark, the volunteers removed what may have amounted to a ton of trash from the ravine.

The ravine is home to Fox Creek, a tributary that flows to Miller Creek, joining it at the Southwest Suburban Sewer District plant.

Years worth of illegal dumping had left a serious mess below the bridge. In fact, this area was the only known serious trash problem in the entire Miller/Walker Creek stream system.

While some of the litter along Fox Creek was simply unsightly, other trash such as car batteries and electronics contain lead that had the potential to leach into the water.

King County Fire District 2 crew members Ernie, Dave, and Jim helped out by installing ropes to the bottom of the ravine, using their winch to haul up 13 (!) tires, and belaying Jim Burrows so that he could safely clean a steep slope. City of Normandy Park Public Works crew will dispose of the trash, recyclables, and hazardous waste (TV monitors, car battery).

The following citizens volunteered: Andy Batcho, Councilmember Clarke Brant, Jim Burrows, Tony Cassarino, Dave Evans, Brett Fish, Chris Gower, Councilmember George Hadley, Stuart Jenner, and Colin Nardine. Washington Conservation Corps member Liz Esikoff also participated.

More info and photos available at Dennis Clark’s blog.

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