Carrollton Receives Wells Fargo Grant to Support City Beautification Programs
The City of Carrollton Environmental Services Department has been awarded a Community Giving Grant from the Wells Fargo Foundation to equip volunteers in various waterway cleanup programs.
The City provides individuals or groups with all the necessary equipment to beautify the community as they work to remove unwanted litter from creeks and parks. Grant funds will be applied to purchase materials needed to operate these programs including trash grabbers, trash bags, gloves, storm drain markers, safety glasses, vests, and hand tools.
“The stormwater programs are the department’s most highly utilized form of volunteering and provide direct environmental benefits,” Environmental Services Director Cory Heiple said. “The grant will offset the costs associated with providing the tools that create the opportunity for residents to get involved in creating a more sustainable and desirable community.”
Carrollton works hard to keep creeks, parks, and trails clear of litter. Unfortunately, these areas still become polluted with discarded trash and other waste especially after a rainstorm.
“It only takes a few people to create the trash that clogs waterways and requires a small army to clean up,” Heiple said. “These programs directly remove the negative ecological and aesthetic impacts created by litter. They not only improve the health of local waterways, but also form long-lasting partnerships with residents.”
Carrollton’s Adopt-A-Spot program is a quarterly volunteer effort that involves citizens in maintaining and improving the environment. It requires a signed two-year commitment to clean the designated area at least once a quarter. The adoptable spots include creeks, greenbelts, parks, and other areas if they are owned and maintained by the City of Carrollton. Adopters select their dates and hours to work. The program is open to all groups and interested individuals.
The Waterway Cleanup Project is typically a one-time or short-term activity to beautify the community while removing unwanted litter from creeks and parks. Groups can volunteer as many times as they would like without the frequency requirements of the Adopt-A-Spot program. The City provides volunteers with equipment and supplies, and Parks & Recreation workers will remove the trash bags the next business day. Both programs are appropriate for all ages and can function as great service projects.
Additionally, residents can help protect waterways by volunteering to place storm drain markers on storm inlets throughout the City. The markers help educate City businesses, residents, and visitors that only rain is allowed in the storm drain. Grant money will also be used to provide the markers themselves, glue, brushes, and installation instructions.
Wells Fargo supports local communities throughout the U.S. focusing on the areas of affordable housing, financial health, and small business growth, including funding programs in arts and culture, civic engagement, education, the environment, human services, and workforce development.
The City of Carrollton relies heavily on residents and businesses to help keep pollution out of surface waters and to report violators when you see them. Call 972-466-3060 to report polluters.For more information on Carrollton’s volunteer cleanup programs, email Carrollton Environmental Services at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 972-466-3063.