Volunteers needed for Earth Month cleanup

WILMINGTON — The Ausable River Association and three regional Rotary Clubs are partnering to host an Ausable River cleanup this Saturday.

This year, the Rotary Club of the AuSable Valley and the Lake Placid Rotary Club will focus on roadways and riverbanks in Lake Placid, Wilmington, Jay, Upper Jay and Keene. The Plattsburgh Rotary Club is hosting a simultaneous cleanup event in and around AuSable Point near Peru.

AsRA is asking that all community members with an interest in restoring and protecting the beauty of the AuSable River attend.

“Last year, about 100 people joined us on a sunny Saturday to remove approximately 2,000 pounds of trash along Route 86, 9N, River Road and other locations,” said Tyler Merriam, donor outreach manager at AsRA. “We’re thrilled to partner with more organizations this year and offer a second cleanup location lead by the Rotary Club of Plattsburgh.”

The clean-up will take place along the roadside in an effort to remove trash built up over the winter. The West Branch portion will cover the roadside from Wilmington to the Olympic Jumping Complex in Lake Placid. The East Branch portion will cover the roadside from the hamlet of Jay to the hamlet of Keene. AsRA has added additional sections of road to the cleanup plan this year to accommodate feedback from last year’s participants and other community groups.

Joining AsRA and Rotary clubs this year are additional sponsors of the Wilmington event location. One Tree Planted, an international environmental organization, is providing financial and logistical support for the event. NRS, an international outdoor equipment business with a strong regional presence, is providing lunch for all cleanup volunteers. Revo, an international sunglasses company, is donating several pairs of sunglasses as a door prize raffle for cleanup volunteers. Several local municipalities and individuals have also joined in the effort by picking up trash, disposing of waste free of charge and providing other services that will make the event run smoothly.

The cleanup will take place from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, with registration opening at 9:30 a.m. Volunteers will meet at the Wilmington Town Beach at Lake Everest for the Wilmington event, or the parking lot on the corner of NY-9 and Bear Swamp Road for the AuSable Point event. For more information, visit the Ausable River Association website at www.ausableriver.org/events/earth-month-ausable-river-cleanup.


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