CLEAN RIVERS DAY 2010

11 May
May 11, 2010

The Blackwater Nottoway Riverkeeper Program (BNRP) hosted it’s ninth annual Clean Rivers Day Saturday the 24th. Though I was not able to be there due to being in the hospital, 145 hardy souls came out to help better our community and the environment. Over two tons (4,135 pounds) of trash and debris was removed from area ditches, stream and rivers. Some trudged along in boots and some attacked by boat. Thanks to the City of Franklin, Southampton County, Litter Control Council and VDOT for providing services that aided in this effort. Some of the groups that reported participating at the time of this report were; Bobby Clontz from The Nature Conservancy along with the Department of Conservation and Recreation who led a contingency of canoes and kayaks from Joyner’s Bridge to Franklin down the Blackwater River. Also participating was Southampton Academy, Friends of the Meherrin, Team Spirit of Moonpie, Team Kate Tiller, Franklin Black Achievers, Cub Scout Pack 27, Courtland Ruritan’s, YMCA Leaders Club, Franklin Garden Club, Ashland/Hercules, Team Curtis Newsom, Team Wendy and many other folks who cleaned up on their own. So far it appears that the Formidable Franklin Garden Club was the top team this year bringing in 1030 pounds of trash and debris. Special thanks goes to Anne Parker, Bobby & Nancy Turner and Doug Rogers for their assistance this year. And I also want to thank Dean Wagenbach for stepping in as the unofficial interim Riverkeeper for the event while I was laid up in the hospital. These volunteers removed over two tons of trash out of your environment this past Saturday. You should thank them for that great effort. Clean Rivers day is a community pride community team effort to better our little piece of this world we live in. Next year I hope every school and every organization, church and family will come out in April and help us keep the two rivers we call the Blackwater and Nottoway clean. Jeff Turner Blackwater Nottoway Riverkeeper

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