HARPERS FERRY — Cans, bottles, diapers, and automobile parts are among the items that the Blue Ridge Watershed Coalition and volunteers removed from the Shenandoah River on July 14. The cleanup was the second of what the Blue Ridge Watershed Coalition plans to be a bi-annual event. Volunteers also found piles of tires, car doors, televisions and computers.
The success of the event was a direct result of the contributions and cooperation between government agencies and private enterprises. Among the groups participating were: American Rivers, Appalachian Surveys PLLC, River Riders, River and Trail Outfitters, Jumpin’ Java, the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office, the West Virginia Department of Highways, the Eastern Panhandle Soil Conservation District, and the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection.
The Blue Ridge Watershed Coalition hopes this and future clean-ups will help bring attention to the extent of the problem of litter. “We just have to remember that we’re all downstream from somewhere, and it’s going to take efforts like these to clean-up our waterways,” said Ronda Lehman, Blue Ridge Watershed Coalition Chair.