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This is How You Clean the River

Photo courtesy James D'Addio

Thank you!
On Saturday, May 11, more than 1,400 volunteers removed over 38 tons of trash from more than 70 shorelines, and planted 300 trees and shrubs.

We are incredibly proud of you for making the 2nd annual Riverkeeper Sweep live up to its mission as the biggest day of service for the Hudson River.

As part of the Waterkeeper Alliance SPLASH series, presented nationally by Toyota, we’re connected to volunteers and advocates nationwide, all stepping up this spring and summer to highlight ways we can make our waterways healthier for wildlife, and safer for swimming, fishing and drinking.

The bottom line: Our river, its estuary and its watershed are cleaner today, because of YOU!

So what’s next? Stay involved. The Riverkeeper Sweep happens once a year but the river needs you all year round.

Do you want fish that are abundant—and safe to eat? Do you want water that is consistently safe for swimming?

Working together, we can make it so.

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And thanks to our financial sponsors and partners, without whom these incredible results would not have been possible.

Riverkeeper Sweep is a Waterkeeper Alliance SPLASH Series Event, presented nationally by Toyota. We’re grateful to recognize sponsors that include the Durst Organization, Joe and Daryl Boren, Sprout Watches, Paragon Sports, Eileen Fisher, Whole Foods Market, Greenhouse, Pleasant Valley Stone, NY Kayak Company, Mother Earth’s Storehouse, 1-800-GOT-JUNK? New City, Metal Container Corporation (a unit of Anheuser-Busch InBev), and Sea Tow Central Hudson.

Our 2013 partners include American Rivers’ National River Cleanup, Groundwork Hudson Valley’s Great Saw Mill River Cleanup, Keep Rockland Beautiful’s Great American Cleanup, the Empire Dragon Boat Team’s Annual Flushing Bay Shoreline Cleanup, the City of Poughkeepsie’s Make Poughkeepsie Shine, TerraCycle, Green Guru Network, and (last but certainly not least) our brewery partners, each of which offered volunteers a free drink on the house to help us celebrate our success!

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