RIVER CLEANUP PROJECTS USA
MASSACHUSETTS - Keurg river cleanup project, Massachusetts. Original photos by Lowell George.
What is also clear from a review of just a few projects chosen at random for review, is that without thousands of volunteers it just could not happen. The State could not afford the cleanup bill if there were not so many enthusiastic people willing to give their time on a free basis to do this valuable community work. Sorry we could not mention everyone, but we do think there should be a national register of these projects for other countries to see exactly what it takes to make a difference.
The cost in fuel is the telling issue. To be able to do much of this work, diesel and petrol is being burned creating noxious fumes that add to acid oceans and climate change. Now imagine a vessel that is powered by energy from nature. Imagine also, that very few people have to give up their time for this boat to operate very effectively. At the moment (March 2016) it is just a dream for a small group of enthusiasts in Sussex, England, but with help from enough people who care, it could become a reality in the US and around the world. See SeaVax at the foot of this page, and meantime, give yourselves a huge round of applause for inspiring others to think of ways to solve the never ending task of monitoring our river and oceans.
MASSACHUSETTS - River Merrimack, Haverhill river cleaning volunteers.
LAWRENCE & LILLIAN SOLOMON FOUNDATION
On frequent trips up and down the Charles River, Tom McNichol noticed that he was seeing the same trash over and over. Rafts of trash would pile up at bridge abutments and other obstructions and remain for days. He realized that it might be possible to clean the 8-mile river of trash. In 2004, he bought a boat, established a website asking for volunteers, and proceeded to clean the river. The Solomon Foundation later pitched in to buy his second boat – the boat now in use – named the Lisa S.
CHARLES RIVER - Tom McNichol captains the clean up boat that keeps the river so pristine. He actively patrols the river basin on top of his fund raising campaign. Well done Tom.
Ten years ago, when parts of the river were still covered with a six-inch-thick carpet of trash, the idea that one man could make a dent in it seemed foolish.
SOLOMON FOUNDATION - River Charles cleanup boat project, supported by the Solomon Foundation.
When McNichol started, trash was everywhere. Now, his boat can cruise for miles without seeing so much as a candy wrapper. On a recent autumn day it took 30 minutes before someone spotted the first piece of trash in the river: a fleece rowing jacket.
“This is the way we want the river to be,” McNichol says.
OCT 7 2015 - AMERICAN RIVERS BLOG
Earlier in the summer, volunteers in Knoxville, TN; Windsor, VA; Sumner, WA; and Castroville, CA participated in similar events. Over the course of these six events, 460 volunteers picked up nearly 10,000 pounds of trash.
ALLEGHENY RIVER - A great river an creek cleanup campaign poster.
JUNCTION, COLORADO RIVER CLEANUP AUGUST 2015, KJCT8 NEWS
CANOES - Boats like this need more people power to clean a river and they cannot handle big items, but they do no pollute the atmosphere with anything other than human emissions.
NATIONAL PRIDE - Rivers Feather and Stanislaus cleanup volunteers, what a turnout
FISHBIO - STANISLAUS RIVER CLEANUP - OCTOBER 2014
FISHBIO - Volunteers clean the Comanche Creek. Watch where you put those plastic bottles gang. Single use water and soda-pop bottles are some of the major contributors to ocean pollution. Great though they are for convenience, be responsible when disposing of them - like these volunteers. Many river cleaners re-use their polyethylene terephthalate (PET) bottles.
Bottles made of PET can be "recycled" to reuse the material of which they are made so reducing the amount of waste going into landfills. PET is semiporous and absorbs molecules of the food or beverage contained, and the residue is difficult to remove: Heating the plastic enough for sterilization would destroy it. For these reasons most recycled bottles are used to make lower grade products.
A crew of three people from our Chico office volunteered to remove trash from a section of the Feather River, which flows through the town of Oroville. A team of three other FISHBIO employees set out to clean Comanche Creek, a small tributary to Butte Creek that meanders through the southern part of Chico. Our staff focused their attention on a street overpass where litter generally tends to accumulate, and encountered an array of items that likely were the result of numerous temporary encampments. Mattresses, shoes, and toothbrushes were common, and a small birdhouse was a unique find. All four of the removed mattresses were floating in the creek, waterlogged and weighing over 500 pounds each.
A FUTURE RIVER CLEANER - A modification of the SeaVax above could cleanse river water without adding to climate change. This clean-tech could improve social conditions in many locations around the world and help to prevent effluent discharges into our oceans.
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