Cleaning up the Allegheny River is good, but it isn’t enough.
Because there are other bodies of water that deposit their contents into the river, without some efforts there, the river will always pick up more garbage.
“The Allegheny River is one of America’s most scenic and beautiful waterways and we need volunteers to help keep it that way,” volunteer Ron Keeney wrote. “”The Conewango Creek watershed is part of the Allegheny River watershed. As such, it is equally important to keep this waterway clean.”
Keeney was among a group of volunteers getting a jump start on the effort on Thursday.
Volunteers equipped with scuba gear, floats, a kayak, gloves, ropes, and positive attitudes, brought up several bicycles, railroad tools and signs, shopping carts, and various other items from the bottom of the river at the railroad trestle at Point Park where the Conewango meets the river.
When the 10th annual Allegheny River Cleanup starts this week, the creek will be the focus of the first two of five cleanup days.
“Saturday, Sept. 6 will begin with Day 1 of the Conewango Creek cleanup,” Keeney wrote.
Volunteers will clean up the waterway and its banks from Larimer Park in Russell to the Warren Mall.
On Monday, the target area extends from the mall to Point Park where the creek meets the river.
The river itself receives the attention on Tuesday, Friday, and Saturday, stretching from Kinzua Dam to Buckaloons Recreation Area.
“Volunteers will literally be on a river-wide scavenger hunt for the most interesting and weirdest trash and we look forward to hearing your tales at the wrap-up gathering on Saturday, Sept. 13, at 6 p.m. at Buckaloons Campground,” Keeney wrote.
Those interested in volunteering must preregister at www.alleghenyrivercleanup.com.