Save The River’s Trash Free River Cleanups have been a great success this spring!
On Friday, April 23rd, Save The River/Upper St. Lawrence Riverkeeper® staff, board members and volunteers participated in a shoreline cleanup in Fishers Landing, NY. A total of 11 bags of garbage, 11 old tires and some large construction debris were removed from the shoreline along Fishers Landing and Grass Point State Park by 12 participants.
On Saturday, May 15th, volunteers tackled various shoreline locations in Cape Vincent, NY. Small teams worked together to collect and remove trash from Wilson’s Beach, Cape Vincent’s Public Beach, the Cape Vincent Boat Launch, Burnham Point State Park, Peos Bay and Cedar Point State Park. A total of 15 contractor bags of garbage and some large construction debris were removed from the shoreline in various locations between Cape Vincent and Cedar Point State Park.
Our next Trash Free River Cleanup is planned for Friday and Saturday, June 11th and 12th, on Wellelsey Island.
Volunteers from the Canadian based organization, Thousand Islands Association (TIA) were present for Friday’s cleanup effort and hope to partner with Save The River to host a cleanup based out of Gananoque this July with their members.
Save The River has also partnered with the Thousand Islands Land Trust for their annual Potter’s Beach cleanup and the Minna Anthony Common Nature Center’s volunteer day on Wellesley Island, both of these cleanups are scheduled for Saturday, September 18th.
The Trash Free River program aims to promote volunteer-based and community oriented focused shoreline cleanups along both sides of the Upper St. Lawrence River as part of an ongoing effort to make the St. Lawrence River “swimmable, fishable, and drinkable now and for generations to come”.