Judging by the amount of garbage collected, the second annual Conewango Creek Cleanup was a success. The Conewango Creek Watershed Association organized the cleanup on Saturday and many in the community came out in canoes and kayaks to help. Organizer Elizabeth Dropp estimated the number of volunteers to be between 100 to 110.
“There was a great turnout,” Dropp said. “Last year we had about 50 people, so we’ve doubled our number.”
Registration began at 8 a.m. at Larimer Park in Russell then volunteers were put into five or six groups and spread out to different areas along the water around 9 a.m. From the Marden E. Cobb Waterway Trail in Frewsburg, NY to Point Park in Warren, the cleanup crews were hard at work collecting a large amount of garbage. Multiple trash collection sites were set up along the creek and were fully utilized.
“We had three full canoe loads of stuff, said cleanup volunteer Brenda Ellis. “The best find of the day was a drive shaft.”
There were plenty of random items found in the water such as multiple shopping carts, car batteries, old signs, televisions, microwaves and lots of tires.
“We started behind the mall and the Tractor Supply,” said volunteer Kristy Whaite. “We found lots of good stuff back there.”
“The craziest thing I’ve seen would have to be a 500-gallon septic tank in the creek,” offered Dropp.
The sunny weather along with a slightly higher water level from recent rainfall made for a smooth ride down the creek.
Times Observer photo by Kara White
The Conewango Creek Watershed Association held the second annual Conewango Creek Cleanup on Saturday. Pictured, volunteers Kristy Whaite and Mark Shaffer filled their canoe with trash they collected along the Conewango Creek.