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Celebrate Earth Day with Rahway River Cleanup April 22

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Volunteers working hard during previous clean up efforts.
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Volunteers working hard during previous clean up efforts.
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Volunteers working hard during previous clean up efforts.
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CLARK, NJ –  Boy Scout Troop #330 and Cub Scout Pack #30, along with numerous community organizations including the Rahway River Watershed Association, Rahway and Clark Environmental Commissions, and local school clubs, will hold its annual Earth Day Rahway River clean-up this Saturday, April 22nd (rain date of April 23rd). 

This cleanup event has been conducted annually since the 1990’s under the auspices of the Union County Adopt-a-Park program.

All volunteers are welcome to participate.  Interested volunteers should meet at the parking area adjacent to the waterfall of the Rahway River by the dam at Winfield Park at 8:45. The clean-up will take place between 9:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. but any amount of time or effort volunteers can give is appreciated. 

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There is a large volume of debris and garbage to remove from the river banks and areas of the river’s floodplain. This includes debris like shopping carts, tires, and of course floatables (cans, bottles, plastics, etc.).

Union County supplies gloves and garbage bags, and material donations from generous individuals and companies (donuts, bagels, coffee, bottled water, paper towels, hand-wipes, etc) support the volunteers. 

Last year, nearly 150 volunteers participated and removed tires, and a number of other large pieces of debris, and over 100 large bags of floatable debris and other wastes.

Everyone will be able to work with a team. Teams will be spread out to a number of locations within the park.

All participants should wear jeans, long-sleeved shirts, gloves and boots. Participants can bring a standard 5-gallon carry bucket with a handle (put your name on the bottom) to transfer debris into large garbage bags. 

For more information on this Earth Day event e-mail rivercleanup@comcast.net.

Any individual or group is welcome to join Adopt-a-Park. For more information call the Union County Department of Parks and Recreation at (908) 789-3683 or visit online at ucnj.org/parks.

 

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