Union County, NJ — March 8, 2022 — Union County residents are invited to help clear litter and debris from parks along Green Brook on Saturday, March 19, from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Green Brook is a tributary of the Raritan River that flows through Plainfield and 10 other municipalities.
“If you are looking for a way to make a real difference in our local environment, please come and join the clean-up project. Removing litter in and around Green Brook will help improve water quality and enable our natural open spaces to support more biodiversity,” said Union County Commissioner Chair Rebecca Williams.
The March 19 cleanup is hosted by the Lower Raritan Watershed Partnership, NJ AmeriCorps Watershed Ambassador Program, Central Jersey Stream Team, Union County Clean Communities Program, and the municipalities of Dunellen, Plainfield, Green Brook, North Plainfield, and Middlesex Township.
Registration is requested in advance. To register, visit the Lower Raritan Watershed Partnership at lowerraritanwatershed.org.
Volunteers can join any of four groups participating in the cleanup:
Plainfield and North Plainfield — meet near the playground at Green Brook Park, on Park Drive in Plainfield. Drivers can park on Park Drive.
Dunellen group — meet at the picnic tables at McCoy Park on 4th Street.
Green Brook Township — meet at Green Brook Regional Center, 275 Greenbrook Road (park in the right side parking lot)
Middlesex Township — meet at Mountainview Park, 300 John F. Kennedy Drive (use the Mountainview Park parking lot next to the high school).
Each group will provide their volunteers with supplies including gloves, grabbers, and bags.
Volunteers should bring their own water bottle, sun screen and bug repellent, dress in long clothing (shirts, socks, and pants) to protect against scratches, and wear comfortable shoes or boots (no sandals or flip-flops). Please be aware that shoes and clothing will most likely become dirtied during the project.
Schools and organizations in Union County can connect with a Watershed Ambassador to schedule an educational visit, arrange a volunteer activity, or assist with planning events related to water resources and conservation. Contact Cassidy Attanasio at firstname.lastname@example.org or 908-654-9855, or Ginny Rockey at email@example.com or 908-730-0270, ex. 224.
For more information about the Union County parks system, visit ucnj.org/parks-recreation.
Quick links to all environmental activities and programs hosted by Union County are available at The Green Connection, ucnj.org/green-connection.
For information and updates on all Union County services during the COVID-19 outbreak, including free vaccination, free testing, emergency food distribution and other support services, visit ucnj.org/covid19. General information about COVID-19 is available through the New Jersey Department of Health at nj.gov/health.
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