Adopt-A-Highway

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JOIN this Multi-Community Adopt-A-Highway Clean-Up on 522

Next Highway Clean Up - 21 May 2022

8:00 am – about 11:00 am

Adopt-A-Highway April 2022

We did it! Our team picked up 71 bags of trash along a one mile stretch of SR 522. It was a wonderful day. Everyone felt good to have contributed to cleaning up our section of the highway. This was our first Adopt-A-Highway event. Our leader, Janet Macher, had everyone organized, briefed and safe for the event. We had 10 neighbors filling bags with trash and three support staff in vehicles. This was the first of many events to cover our section of SR522. Our adopted section of highway now looks great. Thanks to everyone that participated. Below are a few pictures from the day.

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Who Else Is Tired of the Trash?

We live in the Evergreen State and enjoy the beauty of the Puget Sound region, especially close to home. It seems wherever we look there are trees, mountains, streams and... people & cars. When we see roadside trash, it chips away at our pride and the beauty that surrounds us. For some it invokes anger towards those that litter.

There is a statewide program to address this problem and you can help!

The Adopt-A-Highway program allows us to be part of the solution and restore the pride and beauty of this corner of our community. State route 522 is like many other roads and sees trash littering the highway shoulder. We can change that by participating in the Adopt-A Highway program. The program is sponsored by Washington State Department of Transportation; however, the organization and coordination are handled by our program director, Janet Macher.

Please contact Janet (info@echolakecommunity.org) if you have questions.

You can sign up HERE for this import event with your Email and get updates as the day approaches.

Participants

On the day of the event, we will meet at a designated place and volunteers will sign release forms before we go out on the Highway. Sign up to receive more details which will be emailed to you prior to the event. You will also be notified of future events.

We welcome families & students to join in the volunteer effort however the Adopt-A-Highway program has a minimum age limit of 15 years.

You can sign up HERE for this import event with your Email and get updates as the day approaches.

Other local groups will be joining us for this event

“The Dirtbaggers” and the “Snohomish Slayers” will each be taking a two mile stretch of 522. Altogether, we will clean-up a three mile stretch of 522 both East & Westbound.

This total effort will make an enormous difference. That is six miles of trash... gone!

Working with other nearby groups is part of our mission and part of our commitment to make this part of the county better.

Our Part of State Route 522

We in the Echo Lake Community are responsible for the section of highway between mile post 18 - 19 on both East & Westbound and the on & off ramps at Echo Lake/Fales Road. That translates to two miles of road around the intersection to Echo Lake and Fales Roads.

For safety reasons the state will take care of the median. It is also not advised volunteers walk across the overpass on foot.

Equipment

WSDOT provides us with safety vests, hard hats and garbage bags. Organizers will put out traffic signs, cones and a temporary strobe light to alert drivers of our presence during the event.

All participants must supply their own gloves and PPE. Sturdy waterproof shoes are suggested and dress for weather. If you want, you can purchase litter pickers/grabbers at most hardware stores.

Safety

Volunteer help is greatly appreciated, but safety is the number one concern and it is everyone's number one job. The Adopt-a-Highway program has an outstanding safety record, and they would like to keep it that way.

All clean-up efforts MUST BE organized by the designated program Manager. If you would like to help organize future events, let us know! There will be 4 events each year. Contact us to find out when the next event is planned: info@echolakecommunity.org.

All volunteers are required to watch the New Volunteer Safety Training Video and read through the WSDOT Safety Tips before picking up litter. On the day of the event, volunteers must complete registration form and provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination (per 21-14.3 Vaccine declaration requirement). Volunteers are also required to use the safety gear provided by WSDOT while working alongside the highway.

For More Information

Echo Lake Adopt-A-Highway program handout

WSDOT Adopt-A-Highway Program

New Volunteer Safety Training Video

WSDOT Safety Tips

You can sign up HERE for this import event with your Email and get updates as the day approaches.

Please contact Janet (info@echolakecommunity.org) with any questions.