Help clean the Whippany River: Volunteers sought for Morristown cleanup, March 23

Volunteers remove old bike from Whippany River in Morristown during 2012 cleanup. Photo by Berit Ollestad
Volunteers remove old bike from Whippany River in Morristown during 2012 cleanup. Photo by Berit Ollestad
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From the Whippany River Watershed Action Committee:

The Whippany River Watershed Action Committee (WRWAC) has scheduled a clean-up of the Whippany River on Saturday, March 23, 2019, from 8:30 a.m. to noon.

Anyone interested in volunteering their time and efforts should come to the Bethel AME Church on Spring Street in Morristown.

The Whippany River, which flows through Morristown, has been impacted from the flooding that occurred from hurricanes and storms during the past few years. Last year, 50 trash bags weighing 3,000 lbs. of garbage and debris were removed from this part of the river.

“This is the ninth year in a row we have cleaned up this part of the river with the help of countless volunteers,” says Bethel AME Church Pastor Sidney Williams Jr.

“The section of the river that runs adjacent to our property is again littered with trash and debris which are not only an eyesore but an impediment.”

The cleanup is open to anyone who wants to participate. Garbage bags, gloves, and safety vests will be provided by the WRWAC. The Town of Morristown has volunteered to pick-up and dispose of all garbage and debris collected.

“THE WRWAC’s mission is to preserve, protect and maintain the land and water of the Whippany River Watershed,” states WRWAC Co-Chair Len Cipkins. “Every year we identify several locations in our watershed in need of a clean-up.”

The Whippany River Watershed Action Committee  is a nonprofit, grassroots organization based in Morris County, comprised of members representing thirteen municipal governments, the Board of Chosen Freeholders, and other stakeholders.

whippany river cleanup 2019 poster

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