Volunteers Needed for Whippany River Cleanup
- Organization: The Whippany River Watershed Action Committee
- Causes: Environmental
- Date(s): March 24, 9 a.m.
- Website: www.wrwac.org/
The Whippany River Watershed Action Committee (WRWAC) has scheduled a clean-up of the Whippany River on Saturday, March 24, 2012 beginning at 9 AM. Anyone interested in volunteering their time and efforts should come to the Bethel AME Church located on Spring Street in Morristown.
The Whippany River, which flows through Morristown, was severely impacted from the major flooding that occurred from Hurricane Irene last summer. Countless trees and vegetation were uprooted, river banks eroded and man-made debris littered throughout.
The WRWAC was awarded a $17,774.00 grant from the Watershed Institute to design a plan for stabilization of the riverbank located at the Bethel AME Church.
“Our church was heavily damaged from Irene when the Whippany River surged over its banks depositing 4 feet of water in our basement.” says Bethel AME Church Reverend Sidney Williams, Jr. “A section of the river runs thru our property and is littered with fallen trees and trash which are not only an eyesore but an impediment.”
The clean-up is open to anyone who wants to participate. Garbage bags, gloves, hip waders, and safety vests will be provided by the WRWAC. The Town of Morristown has volunteered to pick-up and dispose of all garbage and debris collected. In the event of inclement weather the rain date is March 31, 2012.
“THE WRWAC’s mission is to preserve, protect and maintain the land and water of the Whippany River Watershed.” states WRWAC Facilitator Art Vespignani. “Every year we identify at least one location in our watershed in need of a clean-up.”
The Whippany River Watershed Action Committee is a non-profit, grassroots organization based in Morris County, comprised of members representing thirteen municipal governments, the Board of Chosen Freeholders, and corporate members.