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Natural Awakenings Westchester / Putnam / Dutchess New York

Great Saw Mill River Cleanup Postponed

Mar 30, 2020 01:33PM ● By Marilee Burrell

Great Saw Mill River Cleanup. Photo: Donna Davis/MS Photography

Groundwork Hudson Valley’s annual Great Saw Mill River Cleanup, originally scheduled for April 18 and 19, has been postponed as a precaution against the potential spread of coronavirus.

This popular volunteer event is dedicated to restoring and protecting the Saw Mill River, a tributary of the Hudson. Cleanup takes place at multiple locations over the course of the weekend and typically attracts hundreds of volunteers.

The environmental impact of the cleanup is significant, and so the plan is to reschedule. Volunteers should continue to check GroundworkHV.org for updates.

“Last year, we collected almost 9,000 pounds of garbage at eight different sites throughout Westchester County with the help of more than 300 volunteers,” says Sara A. Brody, director of development at Groundwork Hudson Valley. “Volunteers also freed trees from invasive vines and removed materials such as tires, light posts, bikes, mattresses and sinks. Over the years, we have expanded our impact and reach by continually adding cleanup sites along Saw Mill River. We encourage everyone to sign up for the event.”

Locations for this year’s cleanup are expected to include Farragut Avenue, in Hastings; Bridge Street Plaza, in Ardsley; Van der Donck Park, in Yonkers; Hearst Street, in Yonkers; Executive Blvd and Odell Avenue, in Yonkers; Great Hunger Memorial/Woodlands Lake, in Irvington; Lawrence Street, in Ardsley/Dobbs Ferry; Chauncey Park, in Dobbs Ferry; and Liberty Coca Cola, in Elmsford.

For more info, contact Oded Holzinger at [email protected]