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Conservation District employees clean up Halfway Brook, Hovey Pond

Among those participating in the recent cleanup of Hovey Pond and Halfway Brook were (left to right) Jim Lieberum, John Strough, Craig Brown and Nick Rowell.

Among those participating in the recent cleanup of Hovey Pond and Halfway Brook were (left to right) Jim Lieberum, John Strough, Craig Brown and Nick Rowell.

— A group of people committed to environmental protection took time out of their workdays to clean up trash and litter along the historic Halfway Brook and adjacent Hovey Pond in Queensbury.

On May 15, Warren County Soil & Water Conservation District staff and three volunteers collected eight contractor bags of garbage from three locations along Halfway Brook in just two hours. The sites they worked at were Hovey Park from Glen Street to Bay and Quaker roads.

“It was apparent to all those involved that there is still an incredible amount of refuse that remains at these locations,” said Jim Lieberum, manager of the WCSWD agency based in Warrensburg.

Employees of the Queensbury Parks and Recreation Department picked up the trash the next morning from Hovey Park for disposal. Lieberum and agency employee Dean Moore expressed thanks to Queensbury Town Board member John Strough, as well as Craig Brown and Andrew Snell for assisting the District staff with the cleanup.

Officials from Queensbury, along with the Conservation District, are planning to sponsor a second stream cleanup day later in the year and they are anticipating that more volunteers will participate.

This program assists in satisfying one of the requirements of the state municipal stormwater system plan for Warren County and the Town of Queensbury. The goals of these types of events are to remove trash and debris from waterways and to educate the public on the potential impacts on water quality and fish and wildlife.

For details or to volunteer, contact the Conservation District at 623-3119 or see: www.warrenswcd.org.

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