Posted by – Shawn Keenan, Assistant City Planner
Not many people would spend the first day of fall – especially a sunny, 90-degree day – walking the banks of the Clinton River to search out and remove trash from the area. But on the morning of September 23rd, a group of eight dedicated individuals did just that.
The volunteers met at River Woods Park and spent two hours collecting a wide variety of trash and debris from the river and its banks. They worked through the morning and removed eight bags of garbage, one shopping cart, a traffic cone, and a six-foot-long 2” x 6” plank of wood caught in a logjam.
Extra effort was required to find debris because not much had washed up on shore due to fewer bank-full storm events during the spring and summer. There is one thing for sure – their efforts benefit the entire community and goes a long way in maintaining the beauty of our three parks; River Woods, Riverside, and the Skate Park.
I’m sure the deer that stopped by for a morning snack of crabapples appreciated the efforts made that morning too.
Jimmy John’s (located on Baldwin Road), stopped by to provide all the volunteers with a free lunch. They went all out by bringing four different types of subs and chips and an assortment of pop and water for everyone.
The City of Auburn Hills would like to send out a special “thank you” to all the volunteers who participated in this clean-up and to Jimmy John’s for supporting their efforts.
To find out more on actions you can take to keep our waters clean; please visit the following websites: www.auburnhills.org/stormwater.php – www.crwc.org – www.semcog.org/What-You-Can-Do/To-Protect-Our-Waterways
To report pollution, please call the City of Auburn Hills, Community Development Department at 248-364-6900.