2019 marked the 20th time that volunteers have embarked on an adventure to get out there and clean up the bed and banks of the Black River. From starting to clean up an old tire dump on a steep bank to finding junk at the public fishing access by the mouth of the river, a couple dozen volunteers tackled trash in Springfield. Elementary students from two schools further up in the watershed did a great job cleaning up an historic swimming area, an athletic field, and all around Ludlow. Junk was collected from shopping carts to cans and bottles, even Japanese knotweed was removed by the truckload!
Many thanks to our 2019 sponsors, and especially to the Young family, who hosted and supported this great event for the first 19 years. RiverSweep's move to Riverside Middle School this year was made possible by Springfield's Parks & Rec Department offering to make room, by Black River Produce for donating scores of hot dogs at the last minute, the Vermont Bread Company sending an equal number of buns via the Springfield Food Co-op, and members of two area churches for stepping up and bringing their grilling gear and eager volunteers to make lunch happen for our hungry volunteers.
~ Thank you all! ~