Join others in cleaning up the Wallkill River in the 7th Annual Riverkeeper Sweep, Saturday, May 5!
This year, there are seven cleanups in the Wallkill River Watershed, organized by members of the Wallkill River Watershed Alliance and other partners. The Sweep is good, dirty fun – and it has a big impact. Over the last five years, 286 volunteers have removed 9,216 pounds of trash in Wallkill River Sweep projects! Here’s your options to get involved, from upstream to downstream:
• Warwick: Wawayanda Creek on land at Veterans Park
• Middletown: Monhagen Brook on land at 41 Dolson Avenue
• Montgomery: Wallkill River by boat from Thomas Memorial Park
• Montgomery: Wallkill River on land at Riverfront Park, Route 416
• Gardiner: Wallkill River on land and by boat at/from Farmer’s Turnpike Fishing Access • New Paltz: Wallkill River by boat from Plains Road Boat Launch (Sojourner Truth Park) • New Paltz: Wallkill River on land from Springtown Road Access
The Sweep is the kick-off event for the Wallkill River Watershed Alliance’s annual Boat Brigades, which bring people out paddling on the river to look for problem areas as well for general enjoyment. Those dates are as follows: May 20, June 10 & 17, July 14, August 12 & 19, September 16, and October 14. The July 14 date is the annual Tire Pull event.
All registered volunteers will get a ticket for free beverages at the Angry Orchard in Walden or P&G’s and the Yard Owl in New Paltz.
These Wallkill River events are part of Riverkeeper’s massive, one-day effort stretching from New York Harbor to the Adirondack Mountains. In all, some 2,000 volunteers will clean up the shorelines at more than 100 locations along the Hudson River and its tributaries. With 111 projects scheduled, this effort is the largest in the event’s history.
Specific information about each location, and a link to register, can be found at Riverkeeper.org/sweep.