Volunteers Help Make the South River Cleaner

By: David Coy Email
By: David Coy Email

WAYNESBORO, Va. -- People in the Valley spent Saturday morning trying to make the South River a little cleaner. Invista, a company that makes spandex and other clothing products in Waynesboro, organized the effort.

The efforts to clean up the South River have been going on for a number of years. The river is connected to the Potomac river, which is connected to the Chesapeake bay.

For the past 20 years, Invista has made an effort to clean the South River in Waynesboro. Beth Tiption, a first time volunteer, said she wanted to get her hands dirty.

"I pick up trash whenever I see it. I just randomly start picking up trash around town when I see it," said Tiption.

For three hours, Tiption and seven others went up the mile long river. She said she uses the river and greenway often and doesn't like finding it dirty.

"I don't like the animals to get hurt on trash and I don't like to find glass on the river if I am canoeing or kayaking or just playing in the river," said Tiption.

Brenda Kenell who has been involved with the effort for 20 years has seen the impact.

"This year there's not as much trash as we have seen in past years. It maybe because of the greenway, there's a lot more activity along the river and people are keeping it clean," said Kenell.

The amount of work might have been light compared to other years, but they found some interesting stuff.

"Maybe through all these efforts, through the years we have had picked up trucks full of trash, we're finally starting to make a dent," said Kenell.

Tiption said this is something she would definitely do again.

"If I see a group of volunteers, I would certainly join them or just do it on my own. Anybody can bring a trash bag down and pick up trash," said Tiption.

Invista partnered with the Potomac watershed cleanup. Saturday's site was just one of 660 different areas through out the region. They estimate the effort will pick up over 200 tons of trash.

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