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Susquehanna River cleanup

Lions, Rotary, other partners host annual river cleanup day

Lions, Rotary, other partners
host annual river cleanup day

COOPERSTOWN — The fourth Susquehanna River Cleanup took place Saturday, July 17.

Community involvement in this project has continued to grow with more than 35 people volunteering this year. The Cooperstown Lions Club, Cooperstown Rotary Club, Rotary E-club of Global Trekkers, OCCA and Otsego 2000 as well as some individuals all made financial contributions to assist with building three new improved rafts.

The Susquehanna River Cleanup project came about because John Rowley and Maureen Rowley would walk the riverside trail between Mill and Main streets in Cooperstown on a regular basis.

They were dismayed by the amount of debris and garbage in that section of the river, including a large cattle-feeding trough.

Growing tired of seeing this, John proposed a clean-up project to the Cooperstown Lions Club, where he is a member and past president. Lions Club International Foundation had made environmental projects one of the club’s new initiatives.

The Cooperstown Lions Club embraced the project and set out to team with other organizations that would assist and guide the Lions with the project.

Lions, Rotary Collaborate On Susquehanna Cleanup

Lions, Rotary Collaborate

On Susquehanna Cleanup

Lions, Rotarians, the OCCA and SUNY Oneonta’s Biological Field Station are collaborating today in the annual cleanup of the Susquehanna River between Council Rock and the Mill Street bridge at Cooperstown.  Conferring at the outset are, from left, Rotarian Mike Jerome, OCCA’s Jeff O’Handley, Lion John Rowley and Chris Maier of the BFS diving team.  At right is Rev. Elsie Rhodes, a Rotarian.  Inset, a crew begins by retrieving a tire and other material.  (Photos by Judith Steiner-Grin, Ed Rowley.

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