Thursday, March 17th, 2016

The Whippany River Watershed Action Committee has scheduled its 5th annual clean-up of the Whippany River in the Morristown area for this Saturday, March 19, from 9 a.m. to noon. Anyone interested in volunteering their efforts should come next Saturday a little before 9 a.m. to the Bethel AME Church located on Spring Street in Morristown.

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2015 Whippany River cleanup

The Whippany River, which flows thru Morristown, has been severely impacted from the flooding that occurred from hurricanes and storms during the past few years. Last year, 59 trash bags weighing 3,540 lbs. of garbage and debris were removed from this part of the river.

“This is an important community effort that will help improve an environmental gem that runs through parts of our county, improving the environment and quality of life for Morris County residents and businesses that are located here,” said Freeholder Director Kathy DeFillippo.

“This is the fifth year in a row we have cleaned up this part of the river with the help of countless volunteers.” said Bethel AME Church Reverend 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. In addition, the huge mound of snow filled with trash that was formed from the cities snow removal this winter is compounding the problem.”

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2015 Whippany River debris collection

The clean-up is open to anyone who wants to participate. Garbage bags, gloves, hip waders, and safety vests will be provided by the Whippany River Watershed Action Committee. The Town of Morristown has volunteered to pick-up and dispose of all garbage and debris collected.

“Our mission is to preserve, protect and maintain the land and water of the Whippany River Watershed.” said Whippr River Watershed Action Committee Facilitator Art Vespignani. “Every year we identify several locations in our watershed in need of a clean-up.”

The Whippany River Watershed Action Committee  is a non-profit, grassroots organization based in Morris County, comprised of members representing thirteen municipal governments, the Morris County Board of Freeholders, and other stakeholders. For more information, visit: http://www.wrwac.org/