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We’re Hiring 2017 Sweepers!

 

We are looking for young adults, 18 years of age, to provide eco-assessment and stream cleaning services in Culpeper and Fauquier counties on the Rappahannock River during June, July and August.

Employees will receive paid training in eco-assessment protocol, basic field first aid, GPS data entry, mapping skills and business entrepreneurship.

We are looking for prompt and team oriented individuals.  Must have transportation and be comfortable in and around moving water and enjoy outdoor challenges.  Previous canoeing/boating experience preferred.  Must be able to lift 50 pounds daily.

Please send an email to debbie@naturalcapital.us detailing your interest and qualifications to be part of our team.  Salary $10 hour.

Learn more about StreamSweepers at www.streamsweepers.org  or by calling Debbie Manzari, Program Manager, at (540) 672-2542.

2017 Season Plans

Rappahannock River

In 2017 our Sweepers will continue working Virginia’s rivers by addressing the upper Rappahannock in three counties: Rappahannock, Fauquier and Culpeper.  We will begin at Route 29/15 near Remington and continue to the confluence with the Rapidan.  In 2018 we will begin at the headwaters and work our way back down to Route 29/15.

We require river access from landowners to get on and off the water and to remove trash.  If you have land along the river and are able to offer access  please contact Debbie Manzari, Program Manager at 540-672-2542 or email at debbie@naturalcapital.us

We also need some additional financial support as we have a gap of about $9,000 we would like to cover.  We appreciate contributions of any amount which can be made via our secure website below.


Clinch River, Russell County, Virginia

We will expand our service area to Southwest Virginia and the Clinch River, home to Virginia’s newest designated State Park.

We’re Hiring – River Cleanup Project Manager

The Project Manager will be responsible for on-water management of seasonal staff to complete ecological assessment and cleanup of rivers as well as general project coordination: outreach to landowners for river access, report writing and training of seasonal staff.

Required Skills/Experience

  • Canoeing/Kayaking Skills
  • Planning and organization
  • Real-time problem solving
  • Wilderness First Aid and CPR
  • Knowledge of legal and risk management issues related to outdoor construction work on waterways
  • Strong leadership and supervision abilities
  • Management and team building
  • Effective communication
  • Detail oriented, creative, and flexible
  • Valid driver’s license with no negative incidents and experience driving a truck and hauling a trailer
  • Resource Management, Environmental Science, or Outdoor Education background experience
  • Presentation and Spreadsheet Software, Google Earth, GIS (preferred)
  • Must be 18 years of age and able to lift 50-80 pounds daily

Please send resumes to debbie@naturalcapital.us

We’ve reached our goal for Adopt A Pile of $10,000 – Thanks for your support!

Large Trash Sites 2016

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Large Trash Sites 2016 – Hughes, Robinson and Rapidan Rivers

This summer we have uncovered over 25 sites with trash too large to be floated out on our canoes in the three rivers we cleaned (Hughes, Rapidan and Robinson Rivers). We are going to need to hire contractors with heavy equipment to remove these items. This additional expense was not included in our budget. Our Sweepers did a great job this summer and they really don’t like leaving anything behind.

Please consider a donation to fund the removal of these large items – culverts, extra heavy tires, diesel storage tank, dangerous metal objects and more.  We estimate the total cost to remove these items to be $20,000 with $10,000 of this amount provided through pro-bono (match) services by our contractors.

You can make a general donation, or you can “Adopt” a specific site by clicking and donating from that image or by using the secure donation link below.  Some of this stuff has been in our rivers for decades, rusting, and leaking oil and other substances. It’s time to get it out. Thanks for making our rivers safe for our friends, family members, visitors, and of course wildlife.

Hughes River Sites

Bed Frame – $1000 Removal Fee

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Large Pile of Rusted Metal -$1000 Removal Fee

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Robinson River Sites

850 Pound Tire – $1000 Removal Fee

Robinson River 850 pound tire

Large Metal Object – $2000 Removal Fee

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Large Pile of Heavy Metal Fencing – $2000 Removal Fee

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Storage Tank – $2000 Removal Fee

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Extra Heavy Wood Fence with Metal Hinges – $2000 Removal Fee

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5 Locations of Rusted Metal Culverts – $2000 Removal Fee

Rusted Metal Culverts

Diesel Storage Tank – $2000 Removal Fee

diesel storage tank

Large Appliance – $1000 Removal Fee

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 Rapidan River Sites

900 Pound Tire – $1000 Removal Fee

 900 pound tire

Extra Large Culvert – $2000 Removal Fee

extra large culver

Metal I Beams – $1000 Removal Fee

Metal I Beams

Orange County Review Publishes Article About River Dumping

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2016 StreamSweepers on Robinson River – Zach Ray, Emily Dieckhoff, Taylor Dawson and Austin Garr (left to right)

Last week, the Orange County Review covered StreamSweeper’s 2016 season and the continued dumping into our rivers. The article focused on dumping of tires and household junk (mattresses, dresser, television, etc.) since the river was cleaned just 2 years ago.  The article also highlighted the remaining trash sites too large to be floated out with canoes.  To learn more about our efforts to remove these large trash sites, click here.

New Addition to StreamSweeper Fleet

Joe Pipik Cuyahoga Canoe Donation
Joe Pipik (right) Donates Canoe “Cuyahoga” to Expand StreamSweeper Fleet

Our fleet has expanded by one boat, thanks to the generosity of Joe Pipik.  Soon this newly donated boat will have the StreamSweeper logo stenciled on it along with it’s name “Cuyahoga”, in honor of Joe and the river he’s spent time canoeing on.  Many thanks Joe, we will put this boat to good use and think of you as we go about our work!

Maria Pace Designs StreamSweepers 2016 Art

StreamSweepers 2016 Art
StreamSweepers 2016 design by Maria Pace

Maria Pace graciously designed this amazing artwork on behalf of StreamSweepers for the 2016 season.  During the ecological assessment phase of their work, StreamSweepers count the River Chub Minnow nests they find in the riverbed (check out this video of chub making a nest).

Maria’s “minnows” are just a glimmer of the nature inspired art she creates daily.  It’s wonderful to walk past her storefront when one can’t be out enjoying nature as Maria brings nature to us through her work.  Her designs are printed on everything from dish towels to wall paper and nightgowns.   To see more of Maria’s work you can look at her website, but better yet, stop by her store and you’ll get to meet a wonderful person.  Thanks Maria!

StreamSweepers 2016 note cards and t-shirts are available for purchase by calling our office at (540) 672-2542.  They will be available at the Picnic this Sunday, May 22nd.  Supporters who donate $100 will receive a set of note cards and those who donate $250 will receive a t-shirt.

Original Designs by Maria Pace, 132 West Main Street, Orange, VA, 22960.