French River Connection
The French River Connection performs one or more cleanups each year. Some French River towns hold Earth Day events which allow us to easily dispose of river trash. These events are usually somewhat limited by spring water levels, so we attack common dumping areas. In August we frequently plan for a more extensive cleanup at low water levels in less accessible areas where trash has been accumulating for decades, removing everything from water bottles to automobile axles to refrigerators to the ubiquitous take-out coffee cups. We find that after an initial industrial-strength cleanup, keeping an area clean requires about ten percent of the effort annually. In the last nine years we have removed tons of trash and hundreds of tires from about five miles of riverbank, and have cleaned several miles of roadside near the river. The areas we have cleaned are shown in red. You can pan and zoom the map or change the background using the buttons.
Dudley Webster Thompson
The French River Connection celebrated Earth Day by cleaning up several locations where trash frequently accumulates. Team members tackled the Collins Cove area to remove roof shingles and other construction/demolition waste which is frequently dumped there, and then attacked the area under the railroad trestle and the Chase Avenue area, finishing the day with a dozen bags of trash, televisions, and other discarded items.
One last thing.................
We have a "no mercy" policy toward dumpers. We will report you to local police, who will make you clean up and you may be sentenced to community service.....it's happened. If you dump, we are perfectly willing to spend our day ruining yours.