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Annual Green River Cleanup just around the corner

Recorder/Paul Franz
Steve Grudman of Washington, D.C., casts a fly in a rain-swollen Green River between Leyden and Colrain on Monday.

Recorder/Paul Franz Steve Grudman of Washington, D.C., casts a fly in a rain-swollen Green River between Leyden and Colrain on Monday.

GREENFIELD — Each year, John David Boles hopes to break records with how many volunteers he and the Connecticut River Watershed Council can get for the annual cleanup of the Green River, as well as how much trash those volunteers can collect.

This year is no different.

Boles said this year the Deerfield River Watershed Association and Friends of the Green River will hold the 10th annual Green River Cleanup on Oct. 4 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Green River Swimming and Recreation Area on Nashs Mill Road.

A planning meeting will be held Sept. 5 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the CRWC on Bank Row in Greenfield. Boles said anyone who is interested should attend.

In past years, the cleanup has brought out between 200 and 300 volunteers who collected several tons of trash along 25 miles.

The local cleanup is part of the larger “Source to the Sea” yearly cleanup along 410 miles of waterway in the Connecticut River Valley.

Over 10 years, Green River Cleanup volunteers have collected tires, furniture, inflatable pools, toys, dirty diapers, and one year they found kittens left in a crate by the river. The kittens were alive and ended up going to the local shelter.

For more information, to donate, or to report a cleanup sight, call the CRWC at 413-772-2020 and leave a message for Boles.

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