As part of Junior Seminar with Assistant Professor of Marine Science and Biology Shannon Gowans, 80 students went to Alumni Grove to pick up trash on March 28. Gowans and students expected to see a few hundred pounds, but ended up collecting 240 pounds of trash, with several hundred pounds remaining.
Junior and marine science major Sam Ingerman went to Alumni Grove with some friends last year on March 24 to pick up trash. They found soup cans, soda, PVC piping, some sort of metal structure, many clothes, enough bead necklaces to fill a gallon bucket, tires and a broken down tent.
“One person said there was enough trash to hide a car under,” Ingerman said.
Trash was found in the alumni grove pond and around a sewer drain. At one point, the students realized that the sound of leaves crunching beneath their feet was actually caused by empty plastic water bottles.
Ingerman is unsure where all the trash came from. He said it looked like someone had set up a camp with the broken down tent and case of unopened ramen.
“I don’t know how or where it came from. I don’t even know how to describe it,” Ingerman said.
According to Ingerman, Gowans has proceeded to call maintenance to handle the remaining trash, which should be cleared within the next few weeks.