The 2018 Bi-State Watershed Cleanup took place on the morning of April 28th, 2018 and hundreds of volunteers cleaned up wooded areas and the waters edge through the Hackensack River watershed. In Harrington Park 32 volunteers (adults and children) went to several locations around town and, in less than three hours, our group picked up and bagged (best estimate): 320 pounds of garbage, 150 pounds of recyclables (any dirty recyclables went into trash), and a baby chair, fencing, a shovel, roll of Styrofoam, ladder from a swing set, siding, part of a car fender, rusted screens, concrete base with post, deck wood, and a basketball hoop, among other items pulled out from the woods.
For this cleanup, the EC/Green Team chose to send people to “hot spots” instead of concentrating on a town park or Suez property, as we usually do. The north side of Old Hook Road, including the jug handle, the wooded end of 1st street, the Brook St cul-de-sac, West Shore Drive, and the woods at the end of Highland Field/Highland Ave all got our attention on 4/28.
Eight other towns participated in this 6th annual Bi-State Watershed Cleanup, which was started by the Park Ridge Green Team in 2012. Hundreds of volunteers in Park Ridge, WoodCliff Lake, Hillsdale, Westwood, Emerson, River Edge, Leonia and New City, NY (Lake DeForest – with the Hackersack Riverkeeper) worked to keep their local towns and watershed Clean & Green.
To everyone who came on on 4/28 and everyone who is cleaning up their neighborhood/woods/roads edge – on an ongoing basis. Your town and earth thank you!