PLAINVILLE - The Conservation Commission is looking for volunteers to assist them with their annual cleanup of the Pequabuck River this Saturday.
Those who wish to assist with removing trash from the river can meet behind West Cemetery from 9 a.m. to noon. Trash bags and gloves will be provided. Volunteers are encouraged to wear long sleeve shirts, long pants and boots.
Lisa Lozier, a board member of the Plainville Conservation Commission, said that the commission organizes two river cleanups each year - the Quinnipiac River in the spring and the Pequabuck River in the fall. Lozier said that the area where the cleanup is occurring used to be state land, but thanks to the efforts of the late Betty Boukus and Gene Millerick, it was given back to Plainville. Lozier has personally participated in the Pequabuck River cleanup for 19 years.
“We are chipping away at the site,” said Lozier. “All the areas we have been able to clean out have been staying pretty clean. Fortunately, people don’t seem to be using the river as a dump-off site as much as they used to. We used to pull out abandoned cars and engine blocks and big tractor tires. There used to be a lot of styrofoam cups too but thanks to regulations that hasn’t been as bad. But, I was able to walk down there recently and there’s probably still enough trash in some corners of the river to fill a 35 to 45 cubic yard dumpster.”
Lozier said that in an average year she gets 12 volunteers. She is hoping for a good turnout to continue to improve the state of the river.
“It’s a great feeling,” she said. “When we’re done for the day, people are muddy, dirty and smelly but they have smiles on their faces. It’s a team effort with like-minded people and they know that they are making a difference. I’ve noticed that more and more people are wanting to do something for the environment on the local, national and global level. If everyone does something to help out in their corner then more of the puzzle gets filled in. Every bag of trash that we fill is one less bag’s worth of trash in the river.”
Brian M. Johnson can be reached at 860-973-1806 or email@example.com.