RiverSweep Tackles Hudson River Shoreline Trash
On May 5th, over 100 volunteers came out to clean up the Hudson River at the Ward Brothers memorial park, home of the City of Newburgh Rowing Club, said Juliana LoBiondo, a 2018 RiverSweep Leader. The Club is within walking distance of Washington Street’s boat launch.
“We had an incredible turnout,” said LoBiondo. “Our volunteers collected more than 2.5 tons of trash from the Hudson River, the Ward Brothers Memorial Park, and the Hudson River walking trail, as part of Riverkeeper’s 7th Annual RiverSweep,“ said LoBiondo. “Among the items pulled out of the Hudson river were a shopping cart, carpet, and many other things which didn’t belong in there.”
“Every single volunteer worked very hard. We would like to give a special thank you to the teachers and students from the Excelsior program at NFA for coming down to work with us. In addition, we would like to thank Councilwoman Ramona Montaverde, as well as Councilman Anthony Grice who came down with his family to help out.” The Ward Brothers Memorial Park receive no governmental assistance. Our volunteers from the Newburgh Rowing club and the community maintain the park; our year round volunteers do everything from garbage removal to weed whacking to dock installation. This part could not exist without our volunteers.”
Since the inception of Riverkeeper Sweep in 2012, 10,000 volunteers have carried out a total of 495 service projects, across hundreds of miles of shoreline. They have removed 191 tons of debris, planted 2,228 trees and shrubs, and removed tons of invasive plants, according to Riverkeeper.
(Photos by Robert McCormick)
RiverSweep Pic 1 – RiverSweep Excelsior Students Cleaning Up Shoreline at Ward Brothers’ Park
Pic 2 – Riverkeeper Planting Saplings
Pic 3 – Riversweep Cutting Back Brush to Maintain the Shoreline