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The VANS WARPED TOUR® is partnering once again with Blue Water Baltimore for the forthcoming ECO day which will clean-up a highly-polluted tributary which feeds into Chesapeake Bay. On Monday, July 23, hundreds of volunteers and artists from the 2012 tour will converge at Carroll Park to clean up one of Baltimore’s most neglected streams, Lower Gwynns Falls. The group will clear tons of trash from stream banks along a half-mile stretch as well as an adjoining, highly-polluted tributary which feeds into the bay. VANS WARPED TOUR founder Kevin Lyman and Halle Van der Gaag Executive Director of Blue Water Baltimore will give a brief address on environmental issues and background on the urban stream challenges surrounding Gwynns Falls and how the situation can be turned around.

“In our yearly tradition of taking a day to give back, we are glad to help out and in a small way to help one of the most important watersheds in America,” says tour founder Kevin Lyman. “Blue Water Baltimore is excited to work with the Vans Warped Tour again this year and bring much needed manpower and awareness to an out-of-sight, out-of-mind area that is in very poor condition due to the outdated, leaking infrastructure and numerous illicit discharges,” says Halle Van der Gaag, Blue Water Baltimore Executive Director.

Last year, the VANS WARPED TOUR teamed with Blue Water Baltimore and to remove a local asphalt parking lot, spreading soil over 37,000 square feet of ground to create a beautiful urban garden and outdoor classroom for the community to enjoy. Volunteers also created a rain garden and assisted in the installation of a 3,000 sq ft environmentally-themed mural. Converting the parking lot into a garden annually removes 900,000 gallons of storm water–a serious and growing pollution source to local rivers like Jones Falls and the Chesapeake Bay.

VANS WARPED TOUR 2012 dates remaining:

Wed 7/18 Scranton, PA Toyota Pavilion
Thu 7/19 Mansfield, MA Comcast Center
Fri 7/20 Camden, NJ Susquehanna Bank Center
Sat 7/21 Uniondale, NY Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum
Sun 7/22 Hartford, CT The Comcast Theatre
Tue 7/24 Columbia, MD Merriweather Post Pavilion
Wed 7/25 Virginia Beach, VA Farm Bureau Live At Virginia Beach
Thu 7/26 Atlanta, GA Aaron’s Amphitheatre
Fri 7/27 Orlando, FL Central Florida Fairgrounds
Sat 7/28 Miami, FL Cruzan Amphitheatre
Sun 7/29 St. Petersburg, FL Vinoy Park
Mon 7/30 Charlotte, NC Charlotte Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
Tue 7/31 Cincinnati, OH Riverbend Music Center
Wed 8/1 Milwaukee, WI Marcus Amphitheater
Sat 8/4 Redmond, WA Marymoor Park
Sun 8/5 Portland, OR Rose Quarter Riverfront

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