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Neponset River Watershed Association to lead river cleanup

Posted by Jeremy C. Fox  August 9, 2013 03:35 PM

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In a photo from the 2012 cleanup, volunteers, including Neponset River Watershed Association Executive Director Ian Cooke (at far right), pulled a car door from the river.

The Neponset River Watershed Association will lead a Saturday morning river cleanup, the association announced Thursday.

Volunteers will meet on the morning of Aug. 24 at the Francis D. Martini Memorial Shell Park, on the Truman Parkway alongside the river, and then travel by car or bicycle to work sites where they will pull debris from the river and its banks, the associate said in a statement.

All volunteers must be 15 or older, it said.

An August 2012 cleanup drew more than 70 volunteers who removed tons of debris, including six street signs; 14 household appliances and toilets; more than 20 feet of metal fencing; 10 automobile tires; 12 bicycles; two motor bikes; and nearly 100 intact shopping carts, plus many more partial carts.

Readville resident Martha McDonough, lead organizer of last year’s cleanup, said the effort was a good beginning.

“We know we don’t have everything out, but we got a lot out, and a lot of hard work from a little over 70 volunteers,” McDonough said in 2012.

“Everybody coming out was dirty but smiling and said, ‘When are you doing this again? We’ll be here,’” she said.

For this year’s cleanup, the association asks that volunteers wear hats, work gloves, sturdy shoes or tall rubber boots, and shirts and long pants that they won’t mind seeing stained, torn, or wet. Volunteers should plan to bring insect repellent, sunscreen, a snack, and drinking water.

Those who can bring a canoe, kayak, wheelbarrow, heavy rope, grappling hooks, come-along winches, and other useful tools should notify organizers in advance, the association said.

Volunteers will meet at 8 a.m. on Aug. 24 and work from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. In the event of rain, the cleanup will push back one day, to Aug. 25.

To participate, write to neponsetrivercleanup@gmail.com or call Carly Rocklen of the Neponset River Watershed Association at 781-575-0354, extension 303.

Jeremy C. Fox can be reached at jeremy.fox@globe.com.
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