River cleanup takes place in Newark, Licking County

September 29, 2017 by  

Several hundred people turned out recently to help clean up the Licking River, in and around Newark.

This is the twenty-third year for the event, which saw volunteers helping to help clean up the watershed including Log Pond Run, Raccoon Creek, and the Licking River and its tributaries.

The effort was coordinated by a committee under the auspices of the conservation district. The district’s current administrator, Denise Natoli Brooks, said the people who came out to work were there to celebrate the health and cleanliness of the rivers, and to demonstrate their commitment to making sure they remain clean.

The event, which is known as the River Round Up, was first focused on Newark itself, but has expanded to include all of Licking County. Volunteers register in advance, and then choose to either canoe, kayak, or walk the sections of the river that need attention.

Over 300 people take part every year, and the number is growing, as is the number of sponsors. One of those taking part is Shacklefords Disposal, which provides the trash containers and then hauls off the trash collected by the volunteers. Last year, volunteers took about 4,200lb of recyclables and 4,800lb of trash out of the waterways.

Efforts like this benefit the entire community, so officials could make sure to get the word out by working with a newsletter printing company to create an update letter for residents.