Volunteers Tidy Up Blackstone River During Cleanup

April 17 event drew team of boaters to collect refuse.

The Blackstone River Watershed Council scoured the banks of the Blackstone April 17, pulling at least one pickup truck's worth of junk from the river.

About 700 pounds of metal debris, 70 tires, seven bicycles and 30 bags of trash were removed, according to EcoNewsRI.

Three cleanup groups took on the task, including one team of canoe paddlers launching from , as pictured here courtesy of photos provided by Keith Hainley, River Restoration Coordinator for the Blackstone River Watershed Council.

English first May 16, 2012 at 02:28 PM
This is wonderful.
Mike Kind May 16, 2012 at 02:47 PM
Keith has been a dedicated and commited volunteer for years. He, together with his group, have made a sinificant and very noticeable difference. The Blackstone River, for many years a glorified sewer, is so much nicer today due in large measure to Keith's efforts. He is a model of community service and should be congratulated.
English first May 16, 2012 at 03:29 PM
If you would like to see the Blackstone take a ride from the Central Falls Landing on Sundays..... http://www.rivertourblackstone.com/
EssaySea May 17, 2012 at 12:56 AM
I want to mirror Mike's comments. Keith is a wonderful asset to our community. He's also very personable and always looking for enthusiastic volunteers. If you love your community and your river, contact him at Friends of the Blackstone and he'll find something fun and worthwhile for you to do.
English first May 17, 2012 at 11:53 AM


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