RiverSweep 2019

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Ludlow Elementary School 12

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Ludlow Elementary School 03

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Ludlow Elementary School 06

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Ludlow Elementary School 08

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Ludlow Elementary School 09

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Ludlow Elementary School 10

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William and William by Semprebon

William and William by Semprebon

Rich with full canoe by Semprebon

Rich with full canoe by Semprebon

Rodger and William by Semprebon

Rodger and William by Semprebon

Richard and family with a load by Sempre

Richard and family with a load by Sempre

Tire piles by Semprebon

Tire piles by Semprebon

William and William by Semprebon 02

William and William by Semprebon 02

Sorting trash

Sorting trash

Church member with junk by Semprebon

Church member with junk by Semprebon

Greenhorn Live interview by Semprebon

Greenhorn Live interview by Semprebon

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Greenhorn Live interview by Semprebon 02

Jen on the bank by Semprebon

Jen on the bank by Semprebon

Group shot in Springfield by Leon

Group shot in Springfield by Leon

Meghan by Semprebon

Meghan by Semprebon

Armando with tires by Semprebon

Armando with tires by Semprebon

CTES students pre-Sweep talk

CTES students pre-Sweep talk

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! ~