Volunteers sought for Mystic River cleanup

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The non-profit group Clean Up Sound and Harbors is organizing a community cleanup of debris from 9 a.m. to noon Aug. 27 in Connecticut’s Mystic River. Volunteers and pleasure boaters are asked to meet at Gwenmor Marina, 12 Roseleah Drive, Mystic, wearing water attire and sun-protective gear.

Clean The Bay’s barge with crew and winch will help remove water-soaked lumber, metal objects and other heavy debris. Small boats and captains are needed to carry volunteers close to shore to disembark and guide heavy debris to the barge or collect bottles and other light weight trash in garbage bags.

The cleanup will focus on small debris along the water south of Williams Beach (land-based pickup appropriate for young volunteers ages 5-10); small debris north of Williams Beach accessible only to kayakers who can pass under a low bridge; small debris along both sides of the river across from and south of the Elm Grove Cemetery (also land accessible); large debris along shoreline between Kitchen Little and Latitude Restaurants; large debris in grass at Mystic Wastewater Treatment Plant across from Gwenmor Marina; Groton side of the river south of the railroad bridge to Mystic Shipyard; and, if enough volunteers participate, small debris along both sides of river north of I-95 bridge.

Drinking water, rubber gloves, and trash bags will be provided. If possible, it is recommended volunteers wear water shoes or wading boots, bring crab nets for gathering broken Styrofoam pellets, and poles with hooks for “fishing” debris out of branches or weeds.

All volunteers and pleasure boaters need to register at www.cushinc.org, listing names, telephone contact, and whether or not they have a small craft with seats and life vests for transporting additional passengers. Participants under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult able to sign a liability waiver on behalf of the minor.

Contact Clean Up Sound and Harbors at (860) 949-0911 with questions.