Middletown, in conjunction with the Connecticut River Watershed Council as a group, will be participating in the 17th Annual Connecticut River Source to Sea Cleanup on Saturday.
“This year is gearing up to be one of the biggest river cleanups ever, and I am proud that Middletown and its residents will be a part of it,” Middletown Mayor Dan Drew said. “I wanted to open this cleanup event to everyone in Middletown who would like to come to the River and volunteer and pitch in."
The cleanup runs Saturday from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., meeting at Harbor Park, rain or shine (torrential rain and thunderstorms will cancel the event). The primary areas focused for the cleanup are Harbor Park, Columbus Point, Sumner Brook Area and the public safety docks.
Also, the Connecticut River Coastal Conservation District and Middletown Regional Agricultural Science and Technology Center are leading a Coginchaug River cleanup at Veterans Park in Middletown.
Volunteers are needed for clean-up on land as well as along the rivers edge using kayaks and canoes. Gloves and trash bags will be distributed to the volunteers. Each volunteer will be asked to sign a waiver prior to their participation in the cleanup.
A limited amount of tee shirts will be given out for the first volunteers to register. Refreshments will be served.
James Sipperly, Environmental Resource Specialist for the City of Middletown, is coordinating Middletown's event. If anyone is interested in participating, contact him at 860-638-3506 or by email: firstname.lastname@example.org.