One of the benefits of living in Franklin County is having so many beautiful rivers to enjoy locally. Unfortunately, these rivers often suffer from pollution. Walking along the rivers or paddling down them can reveal certain areas where trash and debris has accumulated, interrupting the natural beauty of the river banks and harming wildlife. It is up to us as members of the community to take care and protect our rivers by removing this litter and cleaning them up.
Franklin County Rivers Cleanup
The Green River Cleanup has been an annual event to gather volunteers from the area to clean up the Green River. This year, the event has been renamed as the Franklin County Rivers Cleanup, to include other river systems in Franklin County. This expansive, volunteer-run cleanup is happening Saturday, September 25, 2021 in conjunction with the Connecticut River Conservancy Source to Sea Cleanup.
Source to Sea Cleanup
As part of the Source to Sea Cleanup, groups are encouraged to organize a cleanup of their own local rivers within Franklin County. If you would like to organize a group or join an existing group, you can register on the Source to Sea Cleanup website. The website also has useful information around group organization, cleaning supplies, proper waste disposal, safety considerations, and more. After the cleanup, you can share your progress via their social media or website form. Visit ctriver.org for more information.
Green River Cleanup
The Green River portion of the cleanup will be held at the Green River Swimming and Recreation Area on Nash’s Mill Road in Greenfield. This all-day event begins at 9 am and ends at 5 pm, with breakfast, lunch, and music provided for the volunteers. To donate, volunteer, report a site needing cleanup, or to find out more information, call 772-2020, ext. 211.
Greenfield City Cleanup
Plus, there is still time to participate in the second Greenfield City Cleanup, which is happening all of September. Greenfield residents are invited to help clean up the city. All you have to do is get a blue trash bag from the Department of Public Works on Wells Street, from 9 to 5, Monday to Friday, and the John Zon Community Center on School Street, Monday to Friday, 9 to 4 pm. Fill the blue trash bag with litter found around the city. Then, put your full blue trash bags on the curb for free disposal!
Let’s all make an effort to keep our rivers and our city clean!
For more information go to deerfieldriver.org/greenriver.
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