Volunteers Return to Beautify River

August 31, 2016

Barrett Lawlis, Reporter, Newark Advocate

August 30, 2016

NEWARK - Truck bed liners, couches, tires and decrepit shopping carts are things one might expect to find in a trash dump. Sadly, they also can be found on the banks and in the stream bed of the Licking River.

In a countywide effort, volunteers will join the Licking County Soil and Water Conservation District in cleaning up the river at the annual River Round Up event Sept. 10.

The event stretches as far west as Pataskala and as far east as Blackhand Gorge and gives county residents a chance to clean up one of the area’s greatest assets.

The River Round Up Float on Aug. 26 showcased a section of the river that’s cleaned up during the real event.

“The float is a nice relaxed way to appreciate the river,” said Denise Natoli Brooks, district program administrator and environmental education specialist. “It lets people see how nice the river really is and how much of an asset it is to Newark.”

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