Housatonic River Cleanup Scheduled for April 20

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The Housatonic River Walk will hold its annual Earth Day work day on Saturday, April 20.

GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. — The Great Barrington Housatonic River Walk will hold its annual Earth Day work day on Saturday, April 20, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

This year's work aims to restore the River Walk's abused river location. Plans include planting thousands of native plants propagated from seed and collected locally, while ridding the riverbank of knotweed, bittersweet, garlic mustard and other exotic invasive species.
 
In addition, there will be trail repair and maintenance, as well as riverbottom cleanups.
 
Volunteers will meet at the W.E.B. Du Bois River Garden park by the former Searles Middle School parking lot on River Street. Coffee and lunch will be provided and tours will be given in the afternoon.
 
The River Walk site is managed by Berkshire County's Greenagers. They manage the trails, reclamation and educational outreach. 
 
"When we started as a simple riverbank clean up 25 years ago, none of us imagined River Walk would become what it is today," said Director Rachel Fletcher. "And we're still growing. Now, with Greenagers having a hand in its future, we have so much to look forward to."
 
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