Each spring, dozens of members of the Mianus Chapter meet at Merwin Meadows Park in Wilton to clean trash and debris from a one-mile stretch of the Norwalk River.
Everything from tires to wood pallets, signs and even a furnace one year - as well as the ubiquitous plastic water bottles and styrofoam coffee cups - are pulled from the stream and its banks.
So much trash is collected that in recent years two full pickup truck loads have been hauled off to the town of Wilton refuse center.
An added benefit for those who volunteer at the cleanup is the opportunity to gain an intimate knowledge of a mile-long stretch of some of the Norwalk River's most productive fishing water. Typically the cleanup event is scheduled after the state's stocking trucks have been through, so the river is full of fish and members are free to take out their rods and head back out on the water after pitching in for a few hours.
To find out when the next river cleanup is taking place, or to schedule a special cleanup event for your company, Boy or Girl Scout troop or other organization, contact Jeff Yates.