For Immediate Release
Mineral City, Ohio — The Huff Run Watershed Restoration Partnership will hold a Spring Litter Pick Up on Saturday, June 5. The organization is part of the Ohio Department of Transportation Adopt-A-Highway Program and is responsible for a stretch of State Route 800 just south of Mineral City. Volunteers will meet at the Mineral City Park at 10 a.m. for light refreshments and safety instruction. Gloves, safety vests and trash bags will be provided.
This clean-up effort is within the Huff Run Watershed, a 14.1 square-mile watershed that is heavily impacted by past underground and surface coal mining. In 1996, a group of concerned citizens formed the Huff Run Watershed Restoration Partnership with the mission to restore and protect the watershed. Since then, sixteen restoration projects have been completed within the Huff Run Watershed. Prior to restoration efforts, only one species of fish could be found at the mouth of Huff Run where it meets with Conotton Creek. Today, that number has jumped to 24!
“Since the trash on the ground ends up in our local streams, it is important to make sure the waste ends up where it belongs,” says Vicki Irr, AmeriCorps Member with the Rural Action Watershed Team. “Litter pick ups are an impactful way for all community members to improve our water health.”
Please register by going to https://ruralaction.org/events/litter-pickup/. For more information on this and other upcoming events, see the Huff Run Watershed Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/HuffRunWatershed/.
Rural Action is a regional community development organization with a 32-county footprint working with members and community leaders on a range of quality of life, environmental, and economic projects across rural Appalachian Ohio. Its mission is to build a more just economy by developing the region’s assets in environmentally, socially, and economically sustainable ways. Learn more about Rural Action at www.ruralaction.org
Rural Action AmeriCorps Member