The Ausable River Association (AsRA) and the Rotary Club of the Au Sable Valley, in partnership with Rotary Club of Lake Placid, One Tree Planted, Lake Champlain Chapter of Trout Unlimited, and Adirondack Riverwalking, have announced an Ausable River clean-up set for Saturday, April 24th.
The clean-up is open to all community members who want to restore and protect the beauty of the West and East Branch Ausable River.
The clean-up will take place along the roadside in an effort to remove trash built up over the winter. The West Branch portion will cover the roadside from Lake Everest in Wilmington to the Ski Jumps in Lake Placid. The East Branch portion will cover the roadside from the hamlet of Jay to the hamlet of Keene.
Several local municipalities, with support from Rotary, AsRA, and One Tree Planted, will provide supplies, gloves, and safety gear for those who need them. Rotary Club of the Ausable Valley will provide lunch for all volunteers at the end of the clean-up.
The clean-up is also intended to engage the community in protecting and restoring the Ausable River and its watershed. The Ausable River faces many challenges, including climate change, road salt pollution, invasive species, undersized culverts, and bank erosion. Clean-up participants will be improving the health of the river, allowing it to better manage and survive these challenges.
The clean-up will take place from 10 am to 2 pm on April 24th, 2021. Volunteers will meet at the Wilmington Town Beach at Lake Everest. For more information visit the Ausable River Association website.