West Branch River Cleanup on the Housatonic River Saturday
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — On Saturday, June 26, from 9am – 12 pm, volunteers are invited to help cleanup the West Branch of the Housatonic River.
"Repeated cleanups along the West Branch are making a huge difference. The piles of trash pulled out are getting smaller. We are seeing fewer heavier items in the river such as tires, appliances and shopping carts," Jane Winn, Executive Director of BEAT said. "One volunteer has seen otter playing in the river right behind her house. The West Branch provides valuable wildlife habitat."
Participants are asked to meet at Wahconah Park, 105 Wahconah Street, Pittsfield.
Cleanup teams will disperse to nearby locations, gathering miscellaneous trash from the river banks and bottom. Canoes will be used to transport the trash. Old clothes, a hat, sunscreen, old sneakers or waterproof boots/waders, a full water bottle and sunglasses are recommended. A limited number of hip boots are available to borrow.
"We saw an American bittern fishing the West Branch below the Pontoosuc dam," volunteer Carolyn Sibner said.
An additional West Branch Cleanup is scheduled for Saturday July 17, 9am to noon.
West Branch river cleanups are organized by BEAT and HVA and cosponsored by the City of Pittsfield and American Rivers. Support is also provided by Blue Q. The cleanup will be canceled in the event of pouring rain or thunder.