Housatonic River Cleanup 2014 seeks volunteers on April 26

The annual cleanup of the Housatonic River in Shelton, Milford and Stratford will take place Saturday, April 26 from 8 a.m.-4 p.m.

Meeting places are the Sunnyside boat ramp on River Road (Route 110) in Shelton and the Birdseye boat ramp in Stratford. Volunteers must sign in at one of these two locations.

The goal is to restore the natural beauty of the Housatonic River by removing as much litter and debris as possible from its shoreline.

The targeted area goes from the Derby/Shelton Dam just north of downtown Shelton to the mouth of the Housatonic River, where it flows into Long Island Sound on the Stratford/Milford border.

In past years, more than 200 volunteers have participated in the cleanup. The event takes place rain or shine.

All ages are welcome

Volunteers of any age are welcome, including groups and organizations. People can spend as little as an hour or two assisting, if that is all the time they have available that day.

Garbage bags and rubber gloves will be provided to participants. Volunteers should dress for the outdoors, with water resistant footwear recommended.

No boating experience is needed. People with pickup trucks are urged to bring them so they can be used to haul away garbage.

Food, refreshments are provided

Food and refreshments will be provided to volunteers. All registered participants will be entered in a drawing to win gift certificates.

Sponsors are needed to provide cleaning supplies (gloves, trash bags, etc.), food (to feed volunteers) and raffle prizes (to thank volunteers).

“Keeping the river clean allows our community to continue to enjoy the river’s natural beauty safely and protect the plants and animal species that dwell in its estuaries,” said Derek Wells, Housatonic River Cleanup chairman.

Learn more at HousatonicRiverCleanup.org or by calling Wells at 203-339-2514.