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Students round up river trash

June 15, 2011

Area students earned eight community service hours for participating in the third annual river cleanup sponsored by the National Park Service on June 11.

Weathering grey skies and intermittent rain, the students, along with NPS rangers, interns and volunteers, paddled a six-mile stretch of the Delaware River with three sets of rapids, launching at the Ten Mile River access in the Town of Tusten, NY and concluding at the access near the Zane Grey Museum in Lackawaxen Township, PA.

While experiencing the beauty of the river and learning about the local watershed, wildlife and recreation activities, the students also took the opportunity to practice caretaking. The volunteers litter-plucked along both the Pennsylvania and New York shorelines, removing all manner of trash such as tires, plastic bags and bottles, footwear, fishing paraphernalia and more.

During past cleanups, students retrieved a refrigerator and a remote-controlled boat, and have encountered a giant snapping turtle, eagles, snakes and even an eel in a washing machine.
The NPS provided the vehicle shuttle, canoes, lifejackets, paddles and safety instruction. Another cleanup is being considered for July. For more information contact park ranger Nathan Powell at 570/685-4871.