River group plans spring cleanup on April 16

The Quinnipiac River Watershed Association (QRWA) will hold a spring river cleanup on Saturday, April 16, from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

The Quinnipiac River Watershed Association (QRWA) will hold a spring river cleanup on Saturday, April 16, from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

The Quinnipiac River Watershed Association (QRWA) will hold a spring river cleanup on Saturday, April 16, from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. (April 23 rain date). The cleanup will be co-ordinated in the towns of Wallingford, Meriden, and Southington.

The annual spring event focuses on cleaning up portions of the river and tributaries in the Quinnipiac River Watershed, removing paper and plastic trash, tires, shopping carts, debris and other items which are unsightly and some which degrade the ecological, visual and aesthetic quality of the river.

“The QRWA wants everyone to participate to help make our environment healthier and more attractive,” said Southington coordinator Steve Theriault in a QRWA press release. “One year we even pulled a car out of the river.”

The group will be working in Meriden on Harbor and Sodom Brooks, Quinnipiac River and Hanover Pond and in Southington and Wallingford on the Quinnipiac mainstem and possibly smaller streams and wetlands.

“This is an opportunity to get out on the river and smaller streams and enjoy the natural beauty while improving the overall quality of the environment,” QRWA president David James said in the release.

To join the Southington effort, contact Steve Theriault at (860) 302-8099 or stevetheriault@snet.net.

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