AuSable River cleanup planned

PERU – The AuSable River Association is again teaming up with the Kayak Shack to perform a cleanup of the mouth of the AuSable River later this month.

Volunteers are needed for the effort, which will take place on Saturday, Aug. 27.

The Kayak Shack will provide canoes, kayaks and stand-up paddleboards for volunteers to use. Casella Waste is donating a dumpster to remove the trash.

The cleanup will remove trash and tires from the mouth of the river at Lake Champlain upstream to Carpenter’s Flats, including the stretch of river that flows through AuSable Marsh State Wildlife Management Area.

“This section of the river is very important ecologically because it enters and flows through the AuSable Marsh State Wildlife Management Area, which is a conservation wetland,” Nicole Pionteck, AsRA’s River Steward, said in a press release. “Wetlands are important sites that reduce flooding, maintain good water quality, and contain large amounts of biodiversity.”