PLAINVILLE - Local volunteers will be cleaning up the Quinnipiac River Sept. 23 as part of a multi-town effort organized by the Quinnipiac River Watershed Association and the Conservation Commission.
The cleanup will be held locally from 9 a.m. to noon, with volunteers meeting at the parking lot in Trumbull Park on Linsley Drive near the baseball fields. The rain date is Sept. 30.
Volunteers will be provided with trash bags, gloves and waders. Members of the 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.
Last year, volunteers from the Plainville Conservation Commission picked up debris along the banks of the river near the Fairfield Inn on New Britain Avenue. A large aluminum sheet, plastic piping and large pieces of plywood were removed and loaded into large plastic bags.
“Most of it is trash that collects from the highway and people who gather along the train tracks,” Marge Burris, chairwoman of the Conservation Commission, said during last year’s cleanup. “We have a lot of dedicated people who want to keep the river clean and get in there to pull out whatever they can.”
According to the QRWA 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 Linear Trail at the gravel parking lot on the corner of Mill and Water streets.
For more information, or to serve as a volunteer, call 203-237-2237 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Volunteers willing to work from a boat are asked to let the QRWA know in their emails so event organizers can plan for them.
Brian M. Johnson can be reached at 860-973-1806 or email@example.com.