Last month, anyone driving along several rivers in Vermont, including the Otter Creek between Rutland and Brandon, would have noticed adult and children river walkers searching for trash that doesn’t belong in a riverbed.
MIDDLEBURY - Vermonters love their waterways for fishing, swimming and boating. However, the surfaces of our varied bodies of water, including lakes, ponds, rivers, and streams, often mask what lies beneath.
Last month, anyone driving along several rivers in Vermont, including the Otter Creek between Rutland and Brandon, would have noticed adult and children river walkers searching for trash that doesn’t belong in a riverbed: junk such as tires, scrap metal, plastic toys, beverage cans, and lots more. These folks were volunteers for Vermont’s official River Cleanup Month.
According to Lyn Munno, director of Watersheds United Vermont (WUV), “River Cleanup Month provides an opportunity to highlight the annual cleanups of watershed groups around Vermont and encourage more cleanups to take place.”
Vermonters worked together to host 27 of the volunteers cleanups in September as well as earlier in the summer of 2016.
WUV’s Munro said that planning for the 2017 river cleanup season gets underway in a few months.
River cleanup volunteer Stephanie Nyzio, told the Eagle that, “I think it’s great that watershed groups and Vermonters come together to clean up our rivers as part of River Cleanup Month. It’s unfortunate that there are people who access the natural beauty of Vermont’s rivers that do not follow the ‘leave no trace’ principles, and leave behind cigarette butts and plastic bottles."