MERIDEN — The Quinnipiac River Watershed Association will host its semi-annual river cleanup Saturday, Sept. 15 from 9 a.m. to noon.
Volunteers will meet at QRWA headquarters, 540 Oregon Road. David James, the group’s river clean coordinator, will lead the effort.
“I’m happy if we get 35 people.” James said
James has been involved with the cleanups since 2007, becoming coordinator in 2008. In the past, boy scouts, high school students, community service members and senior citizens have helped, James said.
The QRWA provides gloves, rakes, shovels, and garbage bags.
“We’ll have one or two boats,” said James. “We’ve had up to six boats.”
Volunteers will need to get in the water to get a lot of the debris. Recent rain has raised the water level and will make the cleanup more challenging, James said.
This season’s clean up will take place mainly around Harbor Brook, Sodom Brook, Hanover Pond and a few other places along the river. Hanover Pond is a low point that traps a lot of debris from upriver.
Volunteers usually find items such as water bottles, wrappers, sports balls, tires and furniture. Once a utility pole ended up in Sodom Brook near Platt High School.
Nancy Alderman, one of three advisors for The Quinnipiac River Fund, said residents can also help by keeping lawn fertilizer and pesticides from leaking into the river. “It’s important to clean up the river,” she said.