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Allegheny River and Conewango Creek Clean-Up
The 8th annual Allegheny River and Conewango Creek Clean-Up, September 10 to 17, 2016 is just around the corner. The first two days will focus on the Conewango Creek from Larimer Park in Russell, down to Point Park in Warren. The final three days will cleaning the Allegheny River from Point Park down to West Hickory. Volunteers can choose to do one day, multiple days, or all five days if they wish, on water and or land. Registration required, including how many people are in your party, at www.alleghenyrivercleanup.com. Just follow the steps at the website. We need more volunteers.
Canoers and kayakers will pick up trash paddling downriver. Muck boots or even waders will come in handy. Land-based volunteers will be needed to unload the boats full of “treasures” and sort recyclables from trash, and to stack tires and then transport these goodies to designated dumpsters and storage sites.
Volunteers will be briefed about safety, trash hot spots, and other information at the launch site, before boarding their boats. All volunteers should plan to spend at least 4 to 6 hours each day. Watercraft-based volunteers will need to be at the registration location by 9 a.m., land-based volunteers will no later than 11a.m. prepared to go as late as 5 p.m. All watercraft should be off the water by 3 p.m. Gloves, buckets, and trash bags will be provided.
The website, www.alleghenyrivercleanup.com, has a detailed schedule and a map to locate each cleanup segment and get directions to each beginning and ending point.
Be sure to read the “Safety” page to better prepare you for the clean-up. Dress for the weather, but pants and long sleeves help protect skin from poisonous plants, bug bites and sunburn. Everyone must wear closed-toe shoes—NO sandals or flip flops will be allowed. Pack plenty of water and food (lunch) to keep you hydrated and energized. See our website for more details.
As always, all volunteers are invited to our wrap-up party, the River Riot, complete with free food (Italian Buffet) and beverages for the first 80 volunteers, live music, and our annual “Trashy Awards” presentations. This FREE event will be held Saturday, September 17, 2016 at 6PM at Pellegrino’s on Conewango Avenue, rain or shine.
This cleanup event could not be the success it has become without all our dedicated volunteers from all walks of life performing both on-water and on-land duties. See you there!