Residents not pleased after trash left behind on Mitch Island

Hampshire County

Viewers have complained to 22News about trash on an island in the Connecticut River. A news crew traveled to Mitch’s Island, located in Hadley and spotted several tents up, but very little trash. 

A nearby boater said, “return during the weekend.” 22News has been getting messages through the ReportIt! feature about trash being left behind on Mitch’s island. 

The complaints say overnight campers fail to clean up before they get in their boats and leave. 22News spotted a few trash items: an empty beer case, a bottle, and a plastic bag.  

Trash created by campers traveling by boat, staying overnight and not cleaning up behind themselves. 

“Well, we have seen some dumping,” said Luke Brunelle, owner of Brunelle’s Marina. “It’s not really dumping, it’s people who come out for the weekend or for the day, picnic and what have you, and they don’t carry out. So remember to carry out. Right now, it’s nice and clean. Let’s try to keep it that way.”  

22News found out the island is owned by a mix of private landowners and public entities, including the Department of Conservation and Kestrel Land Trust in Amherst.

Kestrel’s executive director said the Trust only owns part of the island.

Kestrel prohibits overnight camping on their part of the island. And all day users must clean up after themselves.

Kestrel told 22News they’ve contacted law enforcement for help with noise complaints. 

They said they want to protect the river’s natural resources, while still allowing for positive recreational activities.

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