Successful River Cleanups

Successful River Cleanups

September 28, 2008

WRP volunteers pulled nearly 1,500 pounds of trash out of the White River at 2 cleanups in September.

South Royalton cleanup

As part of the VLS Alumni Weekend festivities, the September 13 river cleanup gave first-year VLS students and returning alumni an opportunity to give back to the South Royalton community. Attendees cleaned up the river access points in South Royalton, collecting over 400 pounds of trash in 2 hours. “River booty” highlights included 2 lawn chairs, a rubber ducky, an entire rear axle, a tea kettle, and countless rusted car parts. A special thanks to VLS for co-hosting this event and providing refreshments, and to the Town of Royalton for providing free trash disposal.

Sharon cleanup

25 community members braved the elements on September 27 to attend the WRP’s river cleanup in Sharon. Starting at AHT Plumbing & Heating on Route 14, attendees signed-in, picked-up bags and gloves, and headed out to cleanup the river access sites in Sharon.

While most folks cleaned up from the shore, a couple of hardy souls paddled from South Royalton to Sharon, picking up trash and debris along the way. The forecast rain held off, allowing folks to collect 1,000 pounds of trash. Sharon Academy students and others helped WRP Board members sort recycling from the debris; the remaining trash was piled in a truck provided by the Town of Sharon. Trash tally highlights included a bicycle, 2 tv monitors, an electronic typewriter, a traffic cone, a thousand-square-feet of carpet, and much, much more.

A special thanks to AHT Plumbing & Heating for providing event space, to the Town of Sharon conservation commission, selectboard, and road crew for proposing the cleanup locations and coordinating the trash disposal.

THANK YOU to everyone who participated in our 2008 river cleanup events to improve the health – and cleanliness – of the White River! For more information about getting your feet wet with the WRP, check out our volunteer events page.