Our opinion: Roll up your sleeves

For ten years, volunteers have been hauling junk out of the Allegheny River stretching from the Kinzua Dam to Buckaloons – tons of junk, from pieces of cars to pieces of houses, from bicycles to major appliances.

The haul has fallen off a bit in the last few years, but plenty remains, and, unfortunately there are still people who believe our scenic river is a convenient place to throw whatever they don’t want any more.

This year, the search area is moving up Conewango Creek, a picturesque waterway in itself, but a likely source of the flotsam and jetsam that makes its way into the Allegheny.

Can you imagine a day when the bottom of those two waterways are littered with nothing but what nature intended? Some people can, and this week they are making the initial attack on both the Allegheny and the Conewango in search of junk. They’ve already found some; they will likely find much more.

The annual Allegheny River Cleanup is a great example of people literally rolling up their sleeves to do something to maintain the environment.

It’s wet, messy work, but it’s tremendously rewarding.

The Conewango Creek cleanup will begin Saturday.

If you want to take part in something fulfilling, volunteers are always needed. To do so, however, you must register on-line at www.alleghenyrivercleanup.com.