Friday, April 5, 2024

Volunteers Needed for Earth Day Ausable River Cleanup on April 20

People clean up the bank of Ausable River.

Keene, NY- The Ausable River Association (AsRA) will host its annual Earth Day Ausable River cleanup on Saturday, April 20. Volunteers will assist AsRA in removing garbage and debris from roadways and riverbanks in the Lake Placid, Wilmington, Jay, Upper Jay, and Keene communities. Lunch and raffle prizes will be available after the cleanup to celebrate coming together to care for the river.

AsRA invites the community to join them in restoring and protecting the beauty of the Ausable River.

“We’re grateful to see so many committed people who care for the river participate in this event each year,” said Madison Stroud, Operations Director at AsRA. “The level of engagement and the thousands of pounds of trash removed each year show the value of the Ausable River to our community.” There are many threats to the river, including climate change, invasive species, undersized culverts, and bank erosion. These cleanups ensure the river can better survive these challenges.

The Golden Arrow Lakeside Resort and IRONMAN Foundation have generously sponsored this year’s cleanup. Lunch for all pre-registered volunteers will be provided by Valley Grocery, cookies by Green Goddess Natural Market, and raffle items by NRS. Several local towns have shown their support, providing free waste disposal and other services that will make the event run smoothly.

The cleanup will take place from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on April 20, 2024, with registration opening at 9:30 a.m. Volunteers will meet at the Community Center pavilion in Keene for registration and lunch.

For more information and to pre-register, visit the Ausable River Association website:

Photo at top: Volunteers participate in a riverbank cleanup. Photo Credit: Placid Times Photography.

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  1. My love of the Adirondacks dates back many years when I would spend Summers on the Gallagher farm on Stanish Rd. in Clayberg. The farmhouse is no longer there as it was set on fire and burned down. My Irish ancestors settled there after arriving here during the potato famine.

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