Volunteers to clean up Pequabuck River in Plainville; here's how to help

Published on Tuesday, 20 September 2022 12:53


PLAINVILLE – The Conservation Commission is sponsoring a cleanup of the Pequabuck River on Oct. 1 and is seeking volunteers to help.

Volunteers will meet from 9 a.m. to noon, rain or shine, along the Pequabuck River behind West Cemetery on North Washington Street. The Conservation Commission organizes a volunteer effort to remove trash from the river each year as part of their "Fall River Cleanup" initiative.

Mark DeVoe, town planner, said this particular area of the Pequabuck River tends to become very polluted.

"The current picks it up and it becomes a depository for all kinds of trash," he said. "Each year, the Conservation Commission never fails to pull out multiple bags of litter."

DeVoe praised Maya Burris, chair of the Conservation Commission, for leading these efforts for many years.

"This Commission is, by far, one of the hardest working Commissions in town," he said. "They take it upon themselves to do volunteer actions that many other groups wouldn't touch. They do a lot to help clean up Plainville."

Burris encouraged members of the community to come down and help out for the Fall River Cleanup.

"It is a good opportunity for students who need volunteer hours,” she said. “We find a lot of materials which clog up the watersheds after they flood in from upstream. These areas are also something of a ‘party spot’ so we find bottles and other materials out there. Overall, it is a fun three hours. You will be learning about areas you often don’t get to see and you will be doing your part to keep our water cleaner.”

Participants are asked to arrive using the access road just to the south of the cemetery, between the cemetery gate and railroad bridge. From there, they can drive to the end of the access road to register at the volunteer tent. Refreshments and gloves will be provided.

For more information, or questions, contact Mark DeVoe at 860-793-0221, ext. 7177.

Brian M. Johnson can be reached at 860-973-1806 or bjohnson@bristolpress.com.

Posted in The Bristol Press, Plainville on Tuesday, 20 September 2022 12:53. Updated: Tuesday, 20 September 2022 12:56.