It's more than just water under the bridge - the Tygart Valley River is a "source of life" for the Elkins community, a city official said Monday.
That's why Peggy Young, operations assistant with the city of Elkins, is asking city residents to preregister for the annual Tygart Valley River Cleanup, which is scheduled to take place from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday. The cleanup will begin at the inlet near Haddix Road and extend through Riverbend Park, Young said.
"The Tygart Valley River in Elkins is a source of life for our community, and through this cleanup project we hope to make people aware of this precious resource," Young said. "The condition of the river has a direct impact on our residents - plus it enhances the value of property along the river."
Already, 80 people have signed up to help Saturday, but Young is inviting even more to pitch in.
Preregistration is available by emailing Young at firstname.lastname@example.org or calling her at 304-635-7021. Walk-ins also are welcome.
"Whoever wants to help can just show up, and that is fine," Young said. "We'll have canoes and boats out on the river. We'll be cleaning along the river bank and in the river itself."
Volunteers are to meet at 9 a.m. at the City of Elkins Street Garage, 1 Baxter St. The following items will be provided on a limited basis- Tshirts, trash bags, gloves, garbage picker-uppers and boots/waders.
The cleanup is part of the state Department of Environmental Protection's statewide initiative "Make it Shine," which takes place between April 1 and 14. "Make it Shine" is a comprehensive program aimed at making West Virginia "the cleanest state in the nation," according to the DEP's website.
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