After 2 years of assessment of the Clinch River (St. Paul, VA) and nearly a year of river cleanup concept discussions with the Friends of the Middle River (Staunton, VA), StreamSweepers has the green light to proceed with comprehensive cleanup in Partnership with a host of area conservation and social organizations and agencies. Fundraising and short range planning for our Clinch and Shenandoah Rivers Cleanup Campaigns is now underway. The Clinch River program will take several years and will be the largest industrial river cleanup in our history and comes on the heels of completion of our Rappahannock Rivers Cleanup Campaign (2012-2018) this year. If you would like to help, please contact the Center at 540-7672-2542. And, if you would like to donate to these efforts, please find our 2019 Campaign button on our website.
The weather is cooperating and we have moved over to the Mattaponi River in Caroline County. Assessments are nearly complete and trash removed from a four mile section has already been delivered to the collection site. The crew is patiently moving along the river in a section below the Milford DGIF boat launch which is littered with downed trees. We appreciate the assistance we’ve received from local government, Luck Stone and landowners who provided us with information and access. Look for another update early next week!
After the classroom portion of our training week, we waited a few days for the Rappahannock to recede after it’s first flood event this summer for our on-water training provided by Nick Wolfe of Friends of the Rappahannock and the Virginia Outdoor Center. The river was just at it’s “floatable” limit so needless to say we got in some good training time.
Below are a few photos of the week leading up to our on-water training day and they include Wilderness First Aid by MEDIC Matt Rosesfsky of SOLOWFA and Invasive Species Identification by Ruth Douglas and MaryLee, affiliated with the Blue Ridge Prism and the VA Native Plant Society.
We’re grateful to all those that help train our crew every year!
It was a resounding success, and over the course of the four-hour event, 135 vehicles visited and dropped off more than 1330 tires. These tires will be disposed of responsibly, with as many being recycled as possible. Potential future uses include road surface material, arena footing material, and tire derived fuel for industrial boilers, among other possibilities.
The backing of the local community made the event a success, and we especially appreciate the partners and sponsors whose financial support made the event possible. These include partners: Orange/Gordonsville Pharmacy, University Tire & Auto, EZ Performance Center, as well as sponsors: American Woodmark, MPS, Virginia Tractor, Clore’s Automotive, Edward Jones-Jeff Earnhardt, Grelen Nursery, Inn at Westwood Farm, Inn at Willow Grove, Jack Samuels Realty, Mason Insurance Agency, Orange Madison COOP, Orange Tire Inc., Pro Collision Center, Purcell Custom Firearms Shop, and The Lightwell/Willow Spring Brewery/Beggars Banquet. The event was also supported by a Virginia Department of Environmental Quality grant.
We would also like to thank the Landfill staff for their gracious logistical support and for hosting the event and the Orange County Litter Control Committee for logistical and financial support.
We appreciate those that volunteered, supported, and attended this event and hope that the collection of these tires will help create a cleaner Orange County. While we hope to hold the event again, the ability to host it is based on sponsorship and grant support, so we advise that residents do not collect tires on their property in anticipation of another amnesty day. The disposal fee at the landfill is just $2.50 per tire (for the first ten), and prompt disposal helps prevent the negative effects of tire collection, such as mosquito breeding.