ROXBURY, NJ - Each spring, as part of its Earth Day observances, the Raritan Headwaters Association organizes clean-up programs along the banks of streams and rivers across the region.

This is the fourth year in which Roxbury participated in this regional event.

This year's event on Saturday, April 16, took place at Black River Park, located on Main Street in Succasunna. The park includes Black River Pond.

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More than 40 volunteers including  residents, scouts, members from the Roxbury Environmental Commission and members of the township trails and recreation committees teamed up to make the park a cleaner place for residents to enjoy.

Ramsey Outdoors Store provided four canoes to aid in the cleanup of the pond. More than eight bags of trash were removed from the pond's edges alone, something that could not have been accomplished without the use of the canoes.

In total, approximately 30 bags of trash were removed from the park, including three tires and the metal coils from an old mattress. 

A monofilament bin, to aid in recycling fishing line, was installed along the ponds edge. It takes 600 years for monofilament line to decompose in the environment. A car tire takes between 50 and 80 years to decompose.

Roxbury’s volunteers keep Roxbury clean!