Volunteers clean up river in annual Source-to-Sea effort
TURNERS FALLS (October 5, 2013) — Melanie Diaz, Celia Hurnitt, Adeleke McMillan, Miles Menafee and Brian Persons of Deerfield Academy, pull a ruined sign from a spillway near the Connecticut River in Turners Falls on Saturday, during the Source to the Sea Clean-up. Behind them, science teacher and Outdoors Team faculty advisor Jeff Jewett looks on. Recorder/Trish Crapo
GREENFIELD (October 5, 2013) — Mac Almeida, of Turners Falls and Tim Stuart of Deerfield rinse bottles recovered during Saturday's Source to Sea Clean-Up held in Greenfield. Separating recyclables reduces the amount of trash that will end up in the landfill, said Clean-Up organizer Charlie Olchowski of Greenfield. Recorder/Trish Crapo
GREENFIELD (October 5, 2013) — Dave Campolo of Greenfield loads one last piece of scrap metal into his truck near the Eunice Williams Bridge in Greenfield during Saturday's Source to Sea Clean-up. Everything Campolo has in the truck was retrieved from a short stretch of road leading from the now-closed bridge to Green River Road. Recorder/Trish Crapo
If only you could leave the dishes that long. The Connecticut River’s annual autumn cleaning netted more than a hundred tires and hundreds of pounds of other garbage washed up by storms or dumped on river banks and along back roads in one zone of the Source to Sea Cleanup alone.
Elizabeth Bazler, a cleanup coordinator for the Gill, Montague, Erving and Northfield zone, reported 116 tires, 1,500 pounds of scrap metal, seven mattresses or box-springs, seven televisions, two cubic yards of recyclables and 45 cubic yards of other debris collected by 75 volunteers.
Students from the Franklin County Technical School’s landscaping and horticulture program began the effort Friday at the bottom of the Turners Falls power canal. Accessible during the annual draw-down, the haul from the silt at the bottom of the canal included 41 tires, Bazler wrote, retrieved by the student volunteers in Friday’s mud and rain.
Another group sent out Saturday to a previously scouted site in Montague found almost nothing. Unwilling to give up immediately, team members looked further and found a previously undiscovered dump of 50 tires and wheels.
The Turners Falls-based effort was one of two in the county, the other based in Greenfield.
John David Boles coordinated the Greenfield through Colrain zone, concentrating on the Green River. Notable finds included a metal pedestrian bridge pulled from the river up near the Vermont border by Lane Construction Corp. workers and close to a dozen shopping carts pulled from hard-to-reach places by volunteers in boats between Greenfield Gardens and the Smead Bridge. This was the first year boats were used here, he said. The Franklin and Hampshire county sheriff’s departments managed to clean a previously unattainable section of the bank off Green River Road by forming a sort of human chain, Boles said.
“Things went extremely well. There was a really good-size number of volunteers. I haven’t tallied it up but I would say somewhere between 250 and 300,” Boles said.
Six schools and students from at least two more participated, as did many parents with children.
Boles didn’t have numbers for the refuse collected, but said the pile waiting down at the Greenfield swimming area for collection by the Department of Public Works speaks for itself.
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