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Volunteers needed for Winooski River clean-up

Aug. 25, 2011

For more information call Linda Setchell at 279-0968 or go to

Friends of the Winooski River is hosting three river clean-ups in Chittenden County this year, including one in Williston on Sept. 10. Volunteers are needed to help haul tires, cans, bottles and random flood debris out of the river.

The Friends hosted the first three river clean-ups in Barre, Montpelier and Berlin on Aug.20 and collected more than 40 tires, 12 bicycles, carpeting, clothing, cans, bottles and several other items, including a cash register drawer.

“The amount of items on the banks of the river dramatically increased this year,” said Linda Setchell, clean-up coordinator for the Friends. “We easily collected four times as much trash and debris this year in Barre as we did last year.”

The river clean-ups and dam catchments along the Winooski are the only way of removing trash from the river and its tributaries. “Volunteers are vital to helping keep the Winooski clean,” said Setchell.

The Chittenden County clean-ups will be held in Richmond, Williston and Burlington on Aug. 27, Sept. 10 and Sept. 17 respectively. They all begin at 10 a.m. and end around 1 p.m. The Friends, with the help of Rustic River Adventures, is providing canoes, buckets and gloves for volunteers.

“We do collect trash off the banks, but in many instances we’re digging debris out of the side of banks or islands in the middle of the river,” said Setchell. “Volunteers should be prepared to get wet and dirty and have fun!”


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