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Commissioners support Allegheny River cleanup

Photo submitted to the Times Observer From left are Warren County Commissioners Jeff Eggleston and Tricia Durbin, David Snyder, Allegheny River Cleanup organizer, and county Commissioner Ben Kafferlin.

The Warren County Commissioners have provided a check for $500 from their Act 13 account in support of the 14th annual Allegheny River Cleanup to an event organizer, David Snyder.

The money will be used for event support activities and equipment as it takes place through Saturday.

“I’ve signed up both my sons for this, and everyone in my family is excited to participate,” Commissioner Jeff Eggleston said. “This event isn’t just environmentally positive but also a lot of fun.”

The Allegheny River Cleanup is an annual conservation and ecotourism event whereby volunteers travel across the Allegheny River in Warren County and clean and curate the river.

Since 2005, almost 5,000 volunteers have donated more than 40,000 hours and have removed almost 900 cubic yards of trash from the watershed.

They have pulled out television sets; microwave ovens; lawn chairs; refrigerators; 55-gallon drums; more than 16,900 tires and more than 152,000 pounds of recyclable metal (more than 76 tons). Countless bags have been filled with recyclable metal, glass, plastic and aluminum.

“We are deeply grateful for the continued financial and logistical support of the Warren County Commissioners,” Snyder said.

The county not only donates money but also provides inmate labor for the cleanup. The commissioners have also officially proclaimed the week of the river cleanup “Watershed Cleanup Week” in Warren County.

“The effort of the volunteers and leaders associated with this event is exemplary,” said Commissioner Tricia Durbin. “We are happy to support such a worthwhile undertaking.”

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