Clean Rivers Day 2011 A Big Success

09 Apr
April 9, 2011

For the eleventh year in a row the Blackwater Nottoway Riverkeeper Program (BNRP) had another successful Clean Rivers Day (CRD) on Saturday April 2. It was a perfect day for a clean up. Individuals, groups, families and organizations from all over came to help spruce up the Blackwater/Nottoway river watershed and our community once again. As of this writing (Tuesday night) I still have teams that have not called in with their totals, so the teams listed are the teams that have confirmed they participated and from those this data is derived. This year 27 teams participated in the Clean Rivers Day event with a total of 237 volunteers. In no particular order they were: Team Hugh Raulston, Team Joanna Bickham, Zuni Ruritans, Cub Scout Pack 27, Team Dean Wagenbach, Team Bobby Turner, Wolf Pack 17, Team John Jones, Nottoway River Yacht Club, Nottoway Indian Tribe of Va., Joyner-Gray-Yale Ruritans, Ashland/Hercules, Blackwater Outfitters/Nottoway River Guides, Bronco Club, Cornith Friends Meeting, Franklin Garden Club, Franklin Atlas Group, Franklin Black Achievers, Team Gretchen Gonzalez, Ivor Ruritans, Team Milton Beale, Three Rivers Bass Club, YMCA Leaders Club, Team Lynda Updike, Team Felice Hancock and team Litman. The total weight of all the trash bags collected, weird stuff and other junk was an astounding 6,268 pounds removed from the watershed. That included 42 tires and some strange items to boot. Things like a computer monitor, old washing machine, a bathtub and a microwave oven. But I think the top weird item found goes to the Ivor Ruritans who found and removed a skunk pelt! WHEW!! Top heavy hitters this year with the most weight collected were the Nottoway Indian Tribe of Virginia bringing in 1,040 pounds cleaned up from the Carey’s Bridge area along the Nottoway. Largest number of volunteers participating was the Franklin Black Achievers with 53 hard working souls. All of these people that participated on Clean Rivers Day and gave up their time to clean up our environment are hero’s in my book and should be in yours. They spent their Saturday making your and my homeland a better place. I also have to thank Southampton County, City of Franklin, The Litter Control Council and VDOT for all their help again this year. Without that help year after year, CRD could not be a success. I hope I have not missed anybody, it’s a lot to keep up with. I also want to thank Anne Parker for helping me so much. Her amazing ability to motivate and get folks involved is awsome. Here are the stats for all the CRD events held over the last ten years for comparison. How about that? In 11 years the volunteers on CRD have now removed 68,324 pounds of stuff from our community. 2001 – 200 volunteers, 6000 pounds or 3.00 tons 2002 – 150 volunteers, 5485 pounds or 2.74 tons 2003 – 110 volunteers, 6300 pounds or 3.15 tons 2004 – 130 volunteers, 9240 pounds or 4.62 tons 2005 – 100 volunteers, 5130 pounds or 2.56 tons 2006 – 120 volunteers, 7795 pounds or 3.89 tons 2007 ~ 136 volunteers, 6291 pounds or 3.14 tons 2008 ~ 110 Volunteers 6560 pounds or 3.28 tons 2009 ~ 109 Volunteers 5120 pounds or 2.56 tons 2010 ~ 145 Volunteers 4135 pounds or 2.06 tons 2011 ~ 237 Volunteers 6268 pounds or 3.13 tons Totals 1547 Volunteers 68324 pounds 34.16 tons Average 140 Average 6211 It would be truly something to behold if CRD totals eventually dwindle down zero, and we would not even have to hold anymore CRD events. I doubt if I live to see that, but I do believe all these dedicated volunteers that came out for CRD have made the place we call home a much better place to live. Thank you all. Jeff Turner Blackwater Nottoway Riverkeeper

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