We had a great clean today and decided to venture over to Front Royal for a much needed clean around what used to be Riverton Dam. It was a tedious process removing mostly old glass blottles, catfood cans, and derelect fishing line that scoured the banks like root systems, but we put the time into it and got it done. We had and end weight of 870 pounds of trash including 7 tires, 10 bags of trash another 55 gallon drum and a state barrel. Not bad for a days pull with just two guys. So by all means enjoy our photos and stay tuned for more action in the Shenandoah River Clean-up Project.
At long last we are back in town and are planning on doing a clean-up tomorrow morning at noon. The usual meeting spot (Redbanks Bridge) We hope to bring you many pictures of trash removed so keep your eyes peeled and ready for more action from the big book of river clean.
Keep an eye out for our newsletter which should be making a debut soon. Don’t forget to sign up for updates so you can be the first to know what’s happening with the struggle against pollution. Support your local non-profit. The more people that know and understand the cause the more we can accomplish together.
We hope that you will join us for another large scale clean in the future. Just read on and enlist via the e-mail I just received.
We hope you are enjoying this lovely summer so far! Today, we are writing to ask if you will once again lend your energy and commitment to helping our environment? Last fall, you played a leadership role by serving as a Site Captain for Virginia Waterways Cleanup – would you help us again this year? The VA Waterways Cleanup (part of the International Coastal Cleanup) is an exciting annual statewide event that has been CVW’s largest project since 1995. It involves thousands of
Virginians in cleaning our rivers and beaches, while also collecting useful data about what kind of litter they find. Please use the attached sign-up form if you have new contact information – or — if your information is the same as last year, just let us know by replying to this email and saying, “my info is the same” and providing the anticipated date and time of your cleanup, plus the number of volunteers you expect. We will get you signed up.
CVW will provide data cards, pencils, promotional items, and assist with publicity for your events. We are working also on getting trash bags donated. Cleanup events that are open to the public will be listed on the Ocean Conservancy’s new interactive web site: www.signuptocleanup.org later this summer. Volunteers who are interested in participating can contact you directly, and help you build your corps of volunteers.
About Last Year’s Virginia Waterways Cleanup
NEW RECORD NUMBER OF VOLUNTEERS! With 6,157 volunteers picking up 188,124 pounds of trash on 318 miles of
Virginia’s rivers, streams and beaches – CVW set an all time record for the state thanks to your help. Clean Virginia Waterways is now ranked 7th in the nation for the number of volunteers working on this important river and beach project.The data collected by CVW volunteers are used by the Ocean Conservancy, VA State Parks, U.S. Coast Guard, National Park Service and hundreds of non profit organizations to help track trends in litter, and to design litter-prevention efforts.
Thank you for your help last year!!
We look forward to your continued support of this wonderful volunteer project. And we thank you for all you have done and for your continued commitment to cleaning our rivers and beaches!
Katie Register, Executive
Sandy Miller, Project Manager
P.S. Here is a list of
Top Ten items found in last year’s ICC in
the top ten litter items volunteers found last year during the
Item Total items collected Percentage
2. Beverage Bottles (plastic) 2 liters or
3. Bags (Plastic)
4. Food Wrappers/Containers
5. Beverage Cans
6. Cups, Plates, Forks, Knives,
7. Glass Beverage Bottles
8. Caps, Lids
9. Straws, Stirrers
10. Bags (Paper)
Top Ten Total 112,357 85.20%
These ten items
accounted for 85.20 percent of all litter and trash picked up by volunteers in
Virginia during the 2010 Virginia Waterways Cleanup (part of the International
Coastal Cleanup). 6,157 Virginians volunteered in 2010 and participated in
gathering the data shown above.
This annual statewide volunteer
event involves hundreds of partnering organizations and is coordinated by Clean
Virginia Waterways, a program affiliated with Longwood University. Financial support for 2011 has been
provided by Altria, Chesapeake Bay Restoration Fund and BoatUS Foundation. For more information, visit the CVW web site: www.longwood.edu/cleanva or contact CVW at 434-395-2602 or firstname.lastname@example.org
This is your captain speaking. I am pleased to let you know that we have had a game changing thing happened to us. A few months ago I had applied for a 25,000.00 grant through Merck and low and behold we got the thing. So that being said we all should jump up and down a few times and give a hearty thank you to the good people at Merck for helping us to clean our beautiful river up. Thanks guys and gals, and thank you to all who support the Shenandoah River Clean-up Project.
On another note we got to do a clean with friends ( of the North Fork) this Saturday and although we showed up a little later than the crack of dawners and cannot hardly take credit for what was accomplished there we did help out as much as we could and also thought we would share some pretty cool pictures taken while on the clean. Good job everyone and keep up the good work.
Friends is holding a spur of the moment cleanup on Saturday, June 18. We’ll meet at the Friends’ office
at 122 South Commerce Street at 8:30am and then carpool to Lupton Bridge.
Recent flooding left a large number of tires at the bridge area and we’d like to
get them out of the river.
There will probably be lots of opportunity to
get wet and muddy, so bring your waders if you have them. If you’d rather stay
dry (kind of!), you can help do the loading on to trucks and trailers.
Please email Jack Chapman at email@example.com or call the Friends’ office at
540-459-8550 if you would like to help.
Meeting place: Friends’ office at 122 South Commerce Street in
Cleanup duration: probably end by 12 or 1pm.
bring: waders (if you have them), boots, gloves, water, sunscreen,
Thanks everybody and hope to see you
I’ve got some fresh news for you about the war on river trash. This weekend we were actually lucky enough to be able to go out twice and I had a good amount of help aswell which was greatly appreciated. Saturday was as you know the Chesapeake Bay Foundations ” Save the Bay Day” and we decided to register a site. We ended up getting another 1,000 pounds of trash out of the river including 10 more tires a car chassis and some other random rubbish. It was a good time though and I’d like to thank everyone for helping out and making everyones life a little easier.
We had another great clean today removing 500 lbs of trash and 11 tires. We’re going back for another clean tomorrow. Meet at Redbanks Bridge at 10 A.M. The river is loosing alot of water so if you want a good float better be getting on it soon. As always thanks to everyone who supports what we do. Don’t forget to tell everyone you know about your local river clean-up company. Also any companies that would like to have an Earth Korps clean-up named for them just call 540-335-8144 and set up a clean-up date. Provide us with a bit of man power for the day and the clean-up is yours.