Stream Clean-Up Activities on Saturday the 26th

The City and Town of St. Albans are collaborating to help clean our streams in St. Albans. We are organizing a river clean-up for Stevens and Rugg Brook on Saturday, September 26th. Volunteers can join in the clean-up activities at 9am at Houghton Park or at the Holy Cross Cemetery on Fairfax Street. “This event is part of a larger statewide effort to clean our waterways. In September, Watersheds United of Vermont launched a Vermont Rivers Clean-Up Month and volunteer groups across the state are organizing river clean-up throughout the state.” Explains Denise Smith, the Executive Director of the Friends of Northern Lake Champlain, a local watershed group.

As part of the new initiative of the Franklin County Stormwater Team, being led by both the City and the Town, this event helps to engage local citizens in direct action that will help mitigate pollution in our waterways.

Chip Sawyer, Director of Planning for the City of St. Albans is happy to see this effort get off the ground and take place in our community. He states that “This is a fun chance for community members to roll up their sleeves and take direct action in the effort to clean up our streams and the bay.” St. Albans Town is also really excited to see this event take shape and hopes to see many people out and about on Saturday morning helping with this effort. Nathaniel Neider, Town Planner for the TownSt. Albans eagerly shares that “The Town’s aim in removing litter along Rugg Brook is to raise awareness of the impact on Lake Champlain from pollutants within the watershed.”

What you need to know if you want to join in the efforts.

Date: Saturday, September 26th

Time: 9-11am

Where: Houghton Park on So. Elm Street and Holy Cross Cemetery on Fairfax Street

What you need: We will provide trash bags and gloves. Make sure to bring your mud boots as we may need to walk in streams to retrieve items.

More information: or email

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