Nature & Outdoors

Annual Pawtuxet River Spring Cleanup

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by Josh Wood Tuesday March 24, 2009

Pawtuxet River in SpringSteve Stycos notes that the Friends of the Pawtuxet will hold its annual Earth Day clean up on Saturday, April 18. Meet at 9 AM at the DEM Supply Depot, 230 Warwick Avenue, Cranston (across the river from Shaw’s). Volunteers will pick up trash, remove invasive species and work on the new trail section. Volunteers are needed for both light and heavy work. Also, if you want to pull trash out of the river, have a canoe and if the water level is reasonable, please bring your boat. The rest of the volunteers will work on land.

It’s amazing to think there’s a river ecosystem literally squeezed within the city’s southern limits. It’s a great resource for walking, bird-watching, and canoeing. If you’ve never seen the trails before, this is a great opportunity to lend a hand and get an inside look at one of Cranston’s best kept secrets.

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  1. And then…the next day…April 19th…come on over to Roger Williams Park at the end of Norwood and join the Friends of Roger Williams Park for a park clean-up on the shores of Cunliff Pond.

    — Sara · Apr 8, 03:26 PM · #

  2. Thanks Sara – I posted the Roger Williams Park pond cleanup in the calendar.

    Josh · Apr 9, 06:02 AM · #

  3. I have a canoe. What else would be useful? (i. e. shovels, rakes, saws, etc.)

    — Paul · Apr 9, 08:57 PM · #

  4. Paul –

    Steve, the organizer of the event, suggests shovels, pick axes, yard waste bags.

    Josh · Apr 10, 09:14 AM · #

  5. I live between Highland and Ashton and I’m not sure if anyone is cleaning up the Pawtuxent River behind our house. I’m pickling up trash today with my dog Foxy. Let me know what else we can do to help and include me in your future plans.



    — Siobhan · Apr 11, 06:35 AM · #


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