River Cleanup on the Black River on September 12

Memphremagog Watershed Association (MWA) and Craftsbury Conservation

Commission (CCC) are cosponsoring a special river cleanup event as their

participation in Vermont River Cleanup Month.  September is Vermont River

Cleanup Month, when groups throughout the State will pitch in to haul trash from

shorelines and riverbeds.  This statewide effort is being coordinated by

Watersheds United Vermont, a network of local watershed groups. Sponsors for

this statewide effort are WaterWheel Foundation and Keurig Green Mountain,

Inc.  More information about events statewide is available at

www.watershedunited.org/vtrivercleanup

MWA’s and CCC’s cleanup will tackle an old dump site on the banks of the Black

river just south of the Albany, VT town line.  Vermont’s Department of Fish and

Wildlife owns a narrow strip of shoreline in this location.  It is a steep site

containing a legacy of trash, including sofas and appliances.  River paddlers as well

as wildlife will appreciate a restored natural river bank.  The site can be accessed

from a dirt road approximately 0.5 mile south of the Albany/Craftsbury town line

off of VT Route 14.  Parking will be at the top of a short hill.  Those wishing to

access the site via the River can put in from the Bridge on Tanner Road,

approximately 1 mile south of the Albany/Craftsbury town line, paddle north to

the dump site on the steep west bank

The Cleanup is scheduled for September 12 from 9:00 AM until Noon but could

continue into the afternoon if volunteers are available.  Equipment needed is a

willing spirit to help the River – gloves, sturdy shoes, old clothes, and bug

repellant.  Garbage bags, and a dumpster will be provided on site.

For additional information contact MWA at

memphremagogwatershed@gmail.com , telephone 802-334-2444 or our

Facebook page or website www.memphremagogwatershedassociation.com.