PLAINVILLE - Local volunteers will be cleaning up the Quinnipiac River Sept. 23 and the Pequabuck River Sept. 30.
The Pequabuck River cleanup will be led by the local Conservation Commission, who will meet from 9 a.m. to noon Sept. 23, rain or shine, at West Cemetery. Volunteers are asked to bring boots and to “dress for the occasion.” They will be provided with garbage bags and tools.
Marge Burris, chair of the Conservation Commission, said that the cleanup has been held for many years. While it was highly attended initially, participation has since been dropping off. Burris hopes to change that by getting more people involved in the beautification of the community.
“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.”
Last year, volunteers from the commission picked up debris along the banks of the river. A large aluminum sheet, plastic piping and large pieces of plywood were removed from the site and loaded up into large plastic bags.
Burris said that there is no need to pre-register for the Pequabuck River cleanup but that there will be a sign-in sheet.
The Quinnipiac River cleanup will be held Sept. 23, from 9 a.m. to noon, as part of a multi-town effort organized by the Quinnipiac River Watershed Association and the Conservation Commission. Volunteers will be meeting at the parking lot in Trumbull Park on Linsley Drive near the baseball fields. A rain date has been set for Sept. 30.
Volunteers will be provided with trash bags, gloves and waters. Members of the Quinnipiac River Watershed Association and the local Conservation Commission will be on-site to guide the event. Participants are encouraged to wear weather appropriate work clothes and boots.
According to the Quinnipiac River Watershed Association website, qrwa.org, the mission of the organization is to “restore the Quinnipiac River and its watershed for the health and enjoyment of the citizens and communities along its reach, and to educate students, families, individuals, businesses and governments to be informed stewards of the river.”
Cleanup efforts will also be held in Meriden, Wallingford, North Haven, New Haven and Southington. The cleanup efforts in Southington will meet on Mill Street along the Liner Trail, at the gravel parking lot on the corner of Mill and Water Street.
For more information, or to RSVP as a volunteer for the Quinnipiac River cleanup, call 203-237-2237 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Volunteers willing to work from a boat are asked to let the Quinnipiac River Watershed Association know in their email so that event organizers can plan for them.
Brian M. Johnson can be reached at 860-973-1806 or email@example.com.