WATERTOWN, NY-November 12, 2019. A Record Year: 2019 Black River Trash Bash Cleans Up Nearly 1,000 Pounds of Trash
In the tenth year of the Black River Trash Bash, 82 event participants (many participants attended
more than one event) representing six groups collected almost 1,000 pounds of trash from 11
locations along the waterways and shorelines of the Black River Watershed.
This is the heaviest
one-year haul in the history of the event! Participating groups included Lyons Falls Alive,
Adirondack Communities Advisory League, the Lewis County and Jefferson County Water Quality
Coordinating Committees, Jefferson Community College and the Haderondah 4H Club. Many
participants included school-aged kids and college students.
Since the event started in 2009, participants have collected over 5,700 pounds of garbage (over
350 bags) in the Black River Watershed. The data collected over the last month has been
compiled and sent to the American Littoral Society (ALS), who collects data from all over New
York State to be included in the Ocean Conservancy’s International Coastal Cleanup
(http://www.oceanconservancy.org/our-work/international-coastal-cleanup/). Results from the
international event will be published later in the year.
Every year, we are grateful to have our hands protected by the gloves donated by White’s Lumber
and the trash grabbers donated through the Black River Advisory Committee. One can imagine
the materials that are handled, which this year included around 750 food wrappers and
containers, over 1,000 cigarette butts, over 450 beverage containers and numerous diapers and
syringes. We couldn’t do this without our partners, whom we thank again!
This event was sponsored in part by the ALS and organized locally by the Lewis and Jefferson
County Soil and Water Conservation Districts and the Tug Hill Commission. Thank you to the
Development Authority of the North Country, City of Watertown and Lewis County Solid Waste
for handling and hauling the trash. Last, but certainly not least, thanks to the beach captains of
the cleanup sites for their time and dedication and for organizing their groups, coordinating the
data collection and for making this event so successful.
315-785-2380 / 2570 315-785-2574 (fax)
Dulles State Office Building
317 Washington Street
Watertown, New York 13601-3782
Jan J. Bogdanowicz
Michael G. Yerdon, Sr.
Thomas E. Boxberger
Leona M. Chereshnoski
Roger W. Maciejko
Geraldine J. Ritter
William W. Scriber
Arnold E. Talgo
Helping local governments and citizens shape the future of the Tug Hill region.
The Black River, winding from Forestport to Dexter, is one of the North Country’s most important
natural resources. The Black River Trash Bash is an annual watershed-wide event to clean up
along the river and document what litters its shores. The event seeks to increase public
participation in solving the problem of litter and pollution and to increase public awareness and
appreciation of the river. If you or your community group are interested in participating in next
The New York State Tug Hill Commission is a non-regulatory state agency charged with helping
local governments, organizations, and citizens shape the future of the region, especially its
environment and economy. The commission uses a grassroots approach to build local capacity
and provide technical assistance in land use planning, community development, and natural