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Natalie Stickel

It’s time to give plastic bags the sack in urban streams

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We were knee-deep in a small, murky stream in Richmond, VA, and our trash bags were prematurely heavy. Barely 10 meters from our starting point at a road culvert, our bags contained countless food wrappers, Styrofoam cups, cans and cigarette butts. Somewhere, someone was missing a ceiling fan blade; shrouded in a pair of boxer shorts filled with sediment.

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About Natalie Stickel

Natalie Stickel is a program intern with the Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay’s Virginia Office.


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