U.S. Naval Observatory Observes Earth Day with Facility Clean-ups

July 13, 2017 | By kgabel
BY LT. EDWIN JIMENEZ, SC, USN U.S. NAVAL OBSERVATORY Staff members of the U.S. Naval Observatory (USNO) observed Earth Day on April 21, 2017 with base-wide clean-ups at their Washington, District of Columbia and Flagstaff, Arizona facilities. In Washington, participants fanned out over the 72–acre site and removed over 300 pounds of trash and detritus. Among the more novel items found were a dead snake, a 60–pound piece of an old fence, a credit card, and a hydraulic piston. Staff members at the Naval Observatory Flagstaff Station collected several hundred pounds of trash from the access road and the site’s perimeter. By far, the most prevalent items were empty liquor bottles and beer cans, found mostly in the campground along the access road.
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Photos by Geoff Chester, USNO Public Affairs May/June 2017