SLEEPY HOLLOW, N.Y. -- About 2,000 volunteers will head for their local shorelines on Saturday for the fifth annual Riverkeeper Sweep -- a one-day event made up of more than 100 cleanups and plantings along the Hudson River, including several in Sleepy Hollow and Westchester County.
Riverkeeper’s annual event is part of the organization's initiative to reduce plastic and other floatable pollution in the estuary. In a new effort this year, students in seven locations will partner with cleanup volunteers to collect data on the exact types and amounts of debris recovered from shoreline locations.
“Our volunteers are taking it a step further this year,” said Dana Gulley, Riverkeeper director of community engagement. “We want to be able to say with more clarity and certainty what kind of trash we have and where. Then we can develop solutions based on that information.”
At the 2015 Riverkeeper Sweep, more than 2,000 volunteers, and dozens of community partners worked along hundreds of miles of shoreline from Brooklyn to Troy to remove over 40 tons of debris and plant 1,150 trees and native grasses.
Residents can now register to volunteer at one of more than 100 Sweep projects including Westchester County cleanups at:
- Yonkers waterfront
- Scarsdale: Bronx River Parkway Shoreline Cleanup
- Hastings: Waterfront Shoreline Cleanup
- Irvington: Scenic Hudson Park & Matthiessen Park Cleanups
- Irvington: V.E. Macy Park Invasive Species Removal
- Dobbs Ferry: The Landing Homeowners Association (Registration Closed)
- Sleepy Hollow: Pocantico River by Kayak
- Sleepy Hollow: Devries Park Cleanup
- Sleepy Hollow: Route 9 Cleanup
- Sleepy Hollow: Douglass Park
- Sleepy Hollow: Kingsland Point Park Cleanup
- Briarcliff Manor: Scarborough Park Shoreline Cleanup by Land
- Ossining: Louis B. Engel Waterfront Park Cleanup
- Croton Point Beach Shoreline Cleanup by Land (with L.L. Bean)
- Croton Point Park Shoreline Cleanup (with Ferry Sloops)
- Montrose: George’s Island Park Cleanup
- Peekskill: Riverfront Green Park Cleanup
- Peekskill: Annsville Creek Cleanup by Kayak
- Peekskill: Annsville Preserve Park Cleanup by Land
- Peekskill: Travis Cove at Charles Point Park Shoreline Cleanup
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