Volunteers needed for river cleanup

WINDHAM COUNTY — Southeastern Vermont Watershed Alliance (SeVWA) is hosting a special river cleanup event to remove trash from the West River and its tributaries.

The West River rises in the Green Mountains in the town of Mount Holly in southeastern Rutland County and flows southwardly through southwestern Windsor County into Windham County, where it turns southeastwardly.

Along its course it flows through or along the boundaries of the towns of Weston, Londonderry, Jamaica, Townshend, Brookline, Newfane (where it collects the Rock River), and Dummerston to Brattleboro, where it flows into the Connecticut River.

Trash in rivers not only creates an eyesore for paddlers and swimmers and other river lovers, but it also negatively impacts riparian wildlife and adds pollutants to our waters.

"Without pristine, trash-free waters, southeastern Vermont would not be the place that we all love and want to live in," said Cris White, SeVWA president and long-time volunteer sampler for the water quality monitoring program.

To volunteer, show up at the Dummerston Covered Bridge parking lot on Saturday, Sept. 23, by 9 a.m. to register and receive supplies and instructions. Call Event Coordinator Gloria Cristelli at 802-365- 7232 or email her at cristellig@gmail.com. For inclement weather, check the SeVWA website: www.sevwa.org or listen to the local radio stations.

September is Vermont's River Cleanup Month, when groups throughout the state will pitch in to haul trash from shorelines and riverbeds.

The statewide effort is being coordinated by Watersheds United Vermont, a network of local watershed groups, along with Source to Sea of the Connecticut River Conservancy and American Rivers. Local assistance is provided by Cleanup sponsor: Triple-T Trucking, Inc. for free deposit of trash from the sites cleaned.

More information about events statewide is available at www.watershedsunitedvt.org.


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