Volunteers needed Saturday for AuSable River Cleanup

WILMINGTON — The Ausable River Association is hosting a river cleanup on Earth Day, Saturday, April 22.

Cleanup efforts will focus on roadways and riverbanks in the Lake Placid, Wilmington, Jay, Upper Jay and Keene communities.

“We’re grateful to see so many residents committed to keeping the river clean each year,” said Madison Stroud, operations director at AsRA. “The level of engagement and the thousands of pounds of trash that have been removed each year shows the value of the Ausable River to our community.”

During the winter months trash and debris can build up along roads and the cleanup is an opportunity to restore these areas. The West Branch portion covers the roads from Wilmington to the Olympic Ski Jumping Complex in Lake Placid. The East Branch portion covers roads from the hamlet of Jay to the hamlet of Keene.

“The cleanup involves the community in protecting and restoring the Ausable River and its watershed,” said Liz Metzger, research associate and event coordinator at AsRA. “Climate change, invasive species, undersized culverts and bank erosion all present serious challenges to the watershed. Cleanup volunteers help make sure the river can better survive these challenges.”

The cleanup will take place from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., with registration opening at 9:30 a.m. Volunteers will meet at the Wilmington Town Beach at Lake Everest for registration and lunch. For more information, visit the Ausable River Association website at www.ausableriver.org.

Starting at $1.44/week.

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