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National River Cleanup Week

Each year since 1991 America Outdoors has promoted National River Cleanup Week in mid-May. This year Cleanup Week was May 10-17. In Maine, a group called “Getting Communities Involved” led by Erick Goodwin and Emily Pilachowski, both raft guides, picked up trash at a different river each day of the week, collecting more than 2,000 pounds. The group is gathering trash to as a fundraiser for more community-based improvement projects. To reach Erick, call 207.577.0948.
No Umbrella joined their efforts on May 15th and together we paddled a stretch of Martin Stream and the Nezinscot River in Turner, gathering trash along the way. We picked up tires, bikes, fishing poles, sheetrock buckets, busted lawn chairs, lumber with nails in it, and more.

Running Martin Stream Rapids
Busy With Trash Left: “Special this Thursday: Free Tractor Tires at the River.”

Above: Itís a tough job but someoneís got to do it. Emily and Kristen shoot a rapid on Martin Stream with over 100 pounds of trash aboard.
Crawdad Next stop: the dump
Above: This Craw Daddy was psyched for a cleaner river.

Right: Freighted

Above Right: Next stop: the dump.

Below: (web only) It's amazing what people chuck in the river: "Our only guess was that this device was used for barnyard animal stimulation," says Erick.
Freighted
Hmmmm.


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