Hampden County

Westfield river gets a cleanup

Westfield - The banks of the Westfield River got a cleanup Saturday.

22News was there to see trash being picked up from the banks and disposed of. 

It's a tradition that has been going on for years. The Westfield River Watershed Association celebrates Earth Day on Earth Day weekend with a huge cleanup along the Westfield River and its streams. 

Volunteers, using gloves and trash bags, found items like rugs and water bottles.

Coordinator for the Westfield River Watershed Association Mark Damon told 22News, he's been seeing a lot less bigger items along the river banks over the years.

"Lately its been small things bottles, cans, and we don't get as many large items as we used to when we first started doing this," Damon said. "We would get kitchen appliances and furniture."

Westfield resident Courtney Tesini told 22News, "The trash is at a low this year, there's not really a lot. I only have half a bag." 

Volunteers ranged from students, professors, organizations, and businesses. 

There is one goal everyone has and that's keeping the Westfield River clean for people and wildlife. 


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