PHOTO OPPORTUNITY
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 20, 2009

CONTACT: Tom Plante, 908-527-4746
Sebastian D’Elia, 908-527-4419

 

AmeriCorps Workers & Community Volunteers
Will Clean Parts of the Elizabeth River in Hillside, May 28 and May 30

 

HILLSIDE, NJ – AmeriCorps New Jersey Watershed Ambassadors and local volunteers, in partnership with the Union County Department of Parks and Community Renewal, will clean sections of the Elizabeth River Parkway in Hillside on May 28 and May 30.

On Thursday, May 28, from 9:00 a.m. until 1:30 p.m., volunteers from the Park Middle School Environmental Club of Scotch Plains, St. Catherine’s Seniors of Hillside and the Hillside Fire Department will clean a section of the Elizabeth River at Conant Park, located at Conant Street and Hollywood Avenue in Hillside, NJ 07205.

On Saturday, May 30, from 9:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m., neighborhood volunteers will clean a portion of the Elizabeth River in the Salem Section of the Parkway at Rutgers and Columbia Avenues in Hillside.

“The Elizabeth River Parkway is vital to the ecology of Union County,” said Freeholder Bette Jane Kowalski, liaison to the Union County Parks and Recreation Advisory Board. “The volunteers helping with this project make all the difference, and we are grateful for their efforts. When you walk our parks and help with cleanups, you see how simple it can be to improve our environment. And the great thing is: anyone can do it.”

Volunteers are needed, especially for the May 30 cleanup at Rutgers and Columbia Avenues. All participants will collect trash in the parkway and in the river. The types of garbage collected will be tallied and the results will be submitted to Ocean Conservancy in conjunction with the group’s International Coastal Cleanup. All the aluminum cans that are collected will be donated to the Hillside Fire Department for recycling. Other recyclables will be handled by the Union County Department of Parks and Community Renewal.

Participants will gain an understanding of the watershed and how rivers are a connection to our homes and the environment. By participating in this stewardship partnership, volunteers will be eliminating floatables and other non-point source pollution from the Elizabeth River.

To volunteer to work on Saturday morning, May 30, or for further information about the Elizabeth River Cleanup, please call 908-789-3209.