Car Enthusiasts Explore Chester County Watersheds in Support of Clean Fresh Water

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The rain did not stop car enthusiasts from hitting the road in support of clean fresh water at the Stroud Center’s second annual Road Rally on Sunday, June 10. The official Axalta Coating Systems pace car led off at 2:30 p.m. and cars were released every two minutes. Drivers counted bodies of water and restoration sites while answering fun clues about the history of the region. The halfway point was the Marsh Creek State Park boat launch where drivers and their navigators checked in with volunteers, refueled on Herr’s snacks and water, took selfies, and then continued to the Finish Line Party.

The Finish Line Party took place in the Lenfest Center at the beautiful ChesLen Preserve which is owned by Natural Lands. ChesLen Preserve is the largest privately owned nature preserve open to the public in Chester County. Miles of marked hiking trails lead visitors through shady woodlands, flower-filled meadows, fields of corn and soybeans, and stream valleys. A delicious BBQ dinner and drinks were enjoyed as drivers and their navigators talked about the missed turns made along the way.

During the party, Stroud Center Director Dave Arscott explained some of the restoration work and research projects taking place through the watersheds that were explored during the day. Regina Tracy, global CSR of corporate affairs and internal communications at Axalta Coating Systems, presented the awards and prizes from the day — from a 1979 Ferrari 308 GTS that won the Car Most Likely to Get Stuck in a Creek to a 1967 Ford Galaxie 500 that won the Most Unusual Car. Prizes ranged from gift certificates for oil changes and car washes to beer, champagne, and Éclat chocolate.

Thank you to our sponsors: GreenWeaver Landscapes, LLC, Natural Lands, Period Architecture, and presenting sponsor Axalta Coating Systems!

About Stroud Water Research Center
Stroud Water Research Center advances knowledge and stewardship of freshwater systems through global research, education, and watershed restoration and to help businesses, landowners, policymakers, and individuals make informed decisions that affect water quality and availability around the world. Stroud Water Research Center is an independent, 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization.

About Axalta Coating Systems
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