Cleanup Campaign

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 fourteen 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.

Chase Avenue in Dudley

Chase Avenue in Dudley

Thompson, Connecticut

Downtown Webster

Downtown Webster

Getting Wet