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Volunteers to Clean Shoreline at Peekskill’s Travis Cove

Riverkeeper, Metro-North Railroad and City of Peekskill partner to remove trash ahead of project to provide public access to Hudson River

Ossining, NY – September 13, 2013 – As many as 100 Riverkeeper staff and volunteers will work together to remove trash from the shoreline at Travis Cove in Peekskill on Saturday, September 14, in a project organized in partnership with Metro-North Railroad, the City of Peekskill and Zero to Go.

A new pedestrian walkway is to be built along the shoreline at Travis Cove, connecting Peekskill’s Riverfront Green and Charles Point parks, and offering the public its first access to this shoreline, which boasts gorgeous views of the southern gateway to the Hudson Highlands. But the area is filled with trash, including countless plastic bottles that have apparently washed up over years from the river.

Paul Gallay, President and Hudson Riverkeeper said: “Peekskill residents and their neighbors are showing that they value a clean Hudson River by turning out in huge numbers for this shoreline cleanup. Our thanks go to our volunteers and partners for helping to clean the river and improve public access to it.”

Zero to Go, a Beacon-based recycling business, will be on site at the cleanup with a pilot project to recycle and reuse as much trash as possible, to limit both the impact on the environment of incinerating trash and to reduce the cost of trash hauling for the City of Peekskill. Assisting in that effort is the Bridgestone “One Team, One Planet Spent Tire Community Clean-Up Support Program,” which will recycle tires found at the site. The lessons learned about effectively recycling shoreline trash will be applied throughout the Hudson Valley this spring for the 3rd annual Riverkeeper Sweep, the annual day of service for the Hudson River.

“Partnering in this clean up and pedestrian access improvement project is the latest example of Metro-North’s effort to be a good neighbor and increase river access wherever we safely can do so,” said Metro-North President Howard Permut. “At Beacon, we helped create safe access to Dennings Point, and Madame Brett Park. At Croton-Harmon, we created a bike way and walking path at the western edge of our yard so that the north and south parts of the path could be connected. At Riverdale and Greystone stations, we have created passive parks with benches and walkways with unobstructed river views. Metro-North is pleased to work with the City of Peekskill, a community with a long railroad history and a beautiful waterfront, and with Riverkeeper, a steward of the Hudson River.”

Other supporters include local businesses Peekskill Brewery, Trinity Cruises and NYC Water Ski and Wakeboard School, all of which are making in-kind donations to help thank volunteers who participate.

Registration is required to volunteer, and access is limited. For more information, visit riverkeeper.org.
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