Lewisburg: In-River Cleanup

Saturday, August 25, 2018 - 10:00am - 2:00pm

Location: We will meet at Wolfe Field near the old swimming hole, back near the brush pile at 10am, Saturday, August 25. The Park entrance is on St Anthony St Street.  There is parking in the park as well as in the neighborhood. 

Description: We will collect trash from the bed of Buffalo Creek as we move downstream and pull it ashore at the Community Garden and Soldiers Memorial Park.
Volunteers should plan on spending at least 3 hours working.  People will be needed both starting right at 10am and helping to wrap up at 2pm.  So if you’d like to start at 10 and finish at 1 that would work and perhaps others will prefer to start at noon instead.  At 10am, everyone planning to be in the water will be briefed about trash hot spots and safety information, before donning PFDs, boarding boats, or wading in.  Second shift will be more of a mix of activities and will be more land-based.   If you’d like to volunteer, but do not want to get on/in the water, shore helpers will also be needed to help with spotting, sorting, snacks, photos, etc, especially for the second half.  Throughout the day we can use the help of people in boats, people wading, and people on shore.
All participants should be ready to get dirty, but wear clothing appropriate to their preferred activity.  If you are going in the water, please wear clothes that can stand the soaking and mud as well as some kind of sturdy water shoes (old sneakers or water sandals work well; flip flops do not!).  Everyone should bring a water bottle, put on sunscreen, and wear a hat.  Gloves will be useful mostly on land.  We have a couple grabbers available, but if you have one to bring, they can be invaluable.  Those in the water will pull tires and other debris from the shallows.  Past finds have included the aforementioned tires, a toilet seat, a propane tank, a carpet pad, a children’s plastic picnic table, most of a push lawn mower, a printer, a vcr, a bicycle, and a full size residential pool liner.
The process is always dependent on the water level and we have to play it by ear that morning, but the general outline will require getting people across the swimming hole to start.  If water levels are high enough, we will just be putting people in tubes or water craft from the start, but if it’s low, we will ferry people across the swimming hole and once past that have them walk along the creek bed downstream.
If you are able to bring a canoe or kayak OR if you would like to be assigned to a canoe or kayak, please RSVP to elmstreet@dejazzd.com or 570.523.0114 so we can gauge capacity.  This activity is ideal for beater boats.

If you’d like to be involved, follow us on facebook at Lewisburg Neighborhoods Corporation and On the River — Lewisburg or Instagram and Twitter at OnTheRiverLburg.  Also consider signing up for our email contact list or come on out to our next River Town Team meeting, third Monday evenings (check the online calendar to confirm for any given month).  Come get involved in our ongoing events/awareness, conservation, connectivity, and planning efforts.

Link: http://lewisburgneighborhoods.org/tired-of-tires/