Vermont 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 atwww.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.