Greening Up the Connecticut River

submitted by Steve Aikenhead of The Weathersfield Greenup Squad

The Weathersfield Greenup Squad - plus one helper from Windsor - greened about 11 miles of the Connecticut River on a warm and placid day on August 16th. The winning canoeists almost sank carrying the weight of a reclining chair and other hefty items.

Both morning canoes were close to sinking, laden mainly with junk from the banks below Windsor housing, where some inhabitants have million-dollar views but no vision of what a river should look like - that is, not full of junk.

Most of the river was clean. Either high water hid litter, or else over the years the river is getting cleaner as fewer people chuck trash. I'm an optimist. Let's go for improved people!

The strong current and calm waters made paddling a great pleasure. Of course, you had to like a little muck in order to enjoy the day to the full. A blue heron and a lot of ducks joined us.

Thanks to North Star Canoe Rental in Cornish for donating canoes.

To participate in a greenup October 3 on a different section of the river, contact the Connecticut River Watershed Council at 413-772-2020 or www.ctriver.org.

To join the North Star and Weathersfield-Windsor event next year, contact Steve Aikenhead at 263-5439, steve@vermontel.net.

The participants included Hank Ainley, Barbara Bodine, Marina Garland, Jim Guion, Olivia Guion, Zach Guion, Julie Levy, Carol Orth, Kevin Orth, Barbara Rhoad and myself.

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