Clean Rivers Day (CRD) held on Saturday April 28th was a super success. Of course anytime you get the community out in a collective effort to better our environment, it’s a good thing. A big thank you from me personally to everyone that helped. The dreary day actually made for great working conditions with the chilly wind keeping teams from busting a hard sweat. As of this writing the 2012 CRD event had 24 teams participate. Team numbers ranged from 1 to 30 hard working souls. Top heavy hauler team this year was Team Ashland/Eastman. The collective total from all teams was a whopping 6,335 pounds or 3.16 tons of garbage removed from our little piece of the planet. That figure includes 34 tires, two toilets, a bumper, a couple of bike frames and a very large bra! That’s just some of the more interesting items found. 12 years of CRD events have now removed 74,544 pounds of junk from this area. The average haul is 6,160 pounds so we were right on target this year. Lowest haul was in 2010 with 4,135 pounds, largest 9,240 pounds in 2004. Teams participating this year that have weighed in as of this writing are in no particular order: Friends of the Meherrin, Team Donald Powers who had the most weight (680 pounds) for picking up by himself, Nottoway Yacht Club, Historic Southside Master Naturalist, PDCCC Science Club, Franklin Garden Club, Franklin Beautification Committee, Nottoway Indian tribe of Va., Cub Scout Pack 27, Southampton Academy, Team Holzer, Blackwater Outfitters, Team Warren Beale, Team Turner/Rogers, Team Dean Wagonbach, Team Curtis Newsome, Team Christy Wilson, Team Tim McCormick, Three Rivers Bass Club, Ashland/Eastman, Southampton County Litter Control Council, Team Felice Hancock, Frankin Black Achievers, International Paper, YMCA Leaders Club with Troop 17. Special thanks goes to VDOT, Southampton County and the City of Franklin for equipment and for disposing of the junk collected. Participant numbers (187 volunteers) were above average this year (140 is the average) Next year here is what I wish. I’m wish everybody who fishes in the rivers will help out and put a boat in to clean up. That just seems like a given to me that the people who use the river the most would want to help clean up the river the most. I hope to see every community leader, every Council member, every Board of Supervisor participate next year. Setting a great example this year was Southampton County Administrator Mike Johnson and PDCCC President Dr. Paul Conco out in the thick of it cleaning up and were kicking butt! Maybe all the schools could get on board and help out. All that would be fantastic, but wouldn’t it really be nice if we never had to have another Clean Rivers Day?
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