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Posted Thursday, March 5th, 2020

Bethel Church and Whippany River Watershed Committee Lead the Event

Whippany River Watershed’s 10th Annual river cleanup is scheduled for 8:30 a.m. to noon on  Saturday, March 21 and is sponsored by Bethel Church of Morristown and the Whippany River Watershed Action Committee. Volunteers meet in the parking lot behind the church at 59 Spring Street in Morristown.

photo of volunteers cleaning up the river

Volunteers cleaning up the river

The Whippany River, which flows thru Morristown, has been impacted from the flooding that occurred from hurricanes and storms over the years. Last year, 90 trash bags weighing 4,000 lbs. of garbage and debris were removed from this part of the river.

“This is the tenth year in a row we have cleaned up this part of the river with the help of countless volunteers.” says Bethel AME Church Reverend Sidney Williams, Jr.  “The section of the river that runs adjacent to our property is always littered with trash and debris which are not only an eyesore but an impediment.”

The clean-up 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 resources of the Whippany River and its tributaries.” states WRWAC Chair Len Cipkins. “Our river clean-up events not only help remove debris and garbage from the watershed, but also raise awareness about the need for healthy rivers and is a great opportunity for civic engagement.”

The Whippany River Watershed Action Committee  is a 501(c)3 non-profit, grassroots organization based in Morris County, comprised of members representing thirteen municipal governments, the Board of Chosen Freeholders, and other stakeholders. Visit the WRWAC’s website (www.wrwac.org) or Like them on Facebook (www.facebook.com/wrwac) to learn more about the 2020 Clean-up and other exciting events.

Before and After photo of a field near the river

Before and after photos of a field near the river, showing the impact that volunteers make during this annual clean-up.