(The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette) The Allegheny Cleanways has begun its annual riverfront cleanup this month.
As part of this year’s cleanup, the crew, along with a team of volunteers, will stop at 10 different community cleanup events lining the Allegheny River.
Named after the marine biologist and conservationist, the Rachel Carson pontoon boat along with the Plastic Magnet 1 barge, will begin their travel in Freeport, near the Kiskiminetas River. They will then continue to Point State Park, where the Allegheny River flows into the Ohio River.
Unlike the volunteers, the crew, Water-Based Coordinator Hannah Hohman and Project Boat Captain Evan Clark will spend a total of 20 days living in houseboats along the river to organize and run the cleanups. This Saturday the crew and 12 volunteers will meet up to sweep both sides of the river.
“Our riverfront cleanups provide community members and volunteers with the unique opportunity to jump on our cleanup boat, remove trash that has accumulated on the riverbanks and see the river in a whole new way,” Ms. Hohman said.