Creek Cleanup May 12 through 24
May is breakup time in Anchorage, and that means it’s also time to clean up. For nearly two weeks, hundreds of Anchorage residents from local businesses, churches, scout groups, schools, and neighborhoods step out into local creeks and lakes to retrieve the waste of winter. The event is made possible by Matson’s Caring for Alaska program, as well as donations from individuals, grants, and businesses.
Every year, AWC presents a program of speakers who address current, relevant topics. Our meetings have focused on the impact of plastic on waterways and wildlife, invasive species, creek restoration, and human feeding of waterfowl. We hope to be back in fall 2022.
Scoop the Poop!
On April 23, our annual Scoop the Poop day was held at University Lake dog park and Connors Bog dog park. More than 100 volunteers headed out to clean up pet waste that had accumulated over the winter. It was a gorgeous day, and lots of poop was cleaned up which keeps it out of local creeks. THANK YOU to those volunteers as well as those who scoop every day!
Flotilla Cleanup May 21
The first annual paddler event that focuses on local creeks, lakes, ponds, and lagoons is May 21. Grab your canoe, kayak, raft, inflatable tube, or waders and join Anchorage Parks and Recreation, Anchorage Park Foundation, Anchorage Waterways Council, and Team Orange for a one-of-a-kind cleanup. Teams will meet at the parking circle for Cuddy Park at the end of 40th Ave. (west side of Cuddy) between 9 and 10 a.m. to pick up maps and supplies and then head out with their boats to clean up the assigned lake. Meet back at Cuddy Park at 1 p.m. for a celebration with food and "trash" prizes! Participants must sign up for a location in order to participate.
Beer & Bites
In 2012, AWC initiated its only fundraiser featuring a selection of beers, home-made appetizers, and silent auction items. Over time, it has grown to a well-attended event with live music and an ever-larger venue--from member's homes to the Midnight Sun Brewery and in 2019 at the Alaska Zoo. It will resume when AWC considers it safe for a large indoor gathering.