Help Keep the Mianus River Clean on July 22

The Mianus River is one of a number of the coastal rivers that empties into Long Island Sound (LIS) at Cos Cob Harbor in southwest Connecticut. Its headwaters in North Castle and Bedford, NY, drain to the Bargh Reservoir, a drinking water source for the communities of Greenwich, Stamford, Port Chester, Rye and Rye Brook. Mianus River Gorge (MRG) plays an important role in protecting the watershed that also contributes to the health of the aquifer that supplies local wells in other communities and the Mianus River itself.

Mianus River Gorge will host a River Clean Up on Saturday, July 22, 2017, from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., beginning and ending at Bedford Village Memorial Park, 65 Greenwich Road, Bedford, NY.

With the help of staff, trustees, donors, and others (scout troops, soccer teams, high school environmental clubs, and the general public), MRG is organizing a Clean Up along a major portion of the Mianus River. MRG will map and assign ½-mile sections of the river to groups of volunteers armed with garbage bags, work gloves, and insect repellant who will remove trash and other discarded objects in and along the river.

Participants will meet at 9:00 a.m. at Bedford Village Memorial Park. MRG Executive Director Rod Christie will give an overview of the importance of keeping the Mianus River classified as AA-Special, a clean drinking water supply for so many. Volunteers will then break up into groups of approximately 10 people. Each group will have a team leader who will help people pick up all forms of refuse, from discarded tires to mylar balloons, and pull large items and filled garbage bags to the roadside. MRG staff will come by in its pickup truck to haul trash back to the Park where it will be discarded into dumpster rented for the event.

Refreshments and clean River Clean Up t-shirts will be distributed at the end of the day (lunchtime) at this important community event. RSVP to (914) 234-3455 or info@mianus.org. We look forward to seeing you there!

photo by William Abranowicz

 

The mission of Mianus River Gorge, an independent, not-for-profit organization, is to preserve, protect and promote appreciation of the natural heritage of the Mianus River watershed through land acquisition and conservation, scientific research and public education throughout the region.
Mianus River Gorge, 167 Mianus River Road, Bedford, New York 10506     914-234-3455     info@mianus.org

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