Rahway River Cleanup Event Planned For Earth Week

CLARK—This year’s Cub Scout Pack #30/Boy Scout Troop 330 Rahway River clean-up is scheduled for Saturday, April 26. The scouts intend to focus on the section of the North Branch (Bloodgood Branch) of the Rahway River upstream and downstream of the dam at Winfield Park.

Plans are to meet at the parking area adjacent to the waterfall of the Rahway River by the dam at Winfield Park at 8:45 a.m. The clean-up will generally be between 9 a.m.-1 p.m., but any amount of time or effort that people can volunteer is appreciated.

As always, there is a large volume of debris and garbage to pick up, particularly downstream of the dam in the area where the floodplain widens out. This includes things like shopping carts, tires, cans, bottles and other trash. The county supplies gloves and garbage bags, and scouts solicit material donations (donuts, bagels, coffee, bottled water, paper towels, hand-wipes, etc) for all volunteers.

Last year, over 200 individuals participated, including girl scouts, cub scouts, boy scouts, fishermen, local activists and citizens, and we pulled some amazing things from the river. All participants should wear jeans, long-sleeved shirts, gloves and boots, and waders are welcome for folks who like to really get into the water.  Volunteers should bring a standard five-gallon carry bucket with a handle (put your name on the bottom) to carry “stuff” for transfer to the large garbage bags.

For more information, email rivercleanup@comcast.net.

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