Pequannock's November Flood Clean-up a Huge Success!

a1_LOTITO_Pequannock_Flood_(Irene)_2011 128Image by Christopher Lotito via FlickrSaturday November 19th, dozens of residents took to Pequannock's paths, woods, parks, and streams to collect debris that had floated in during post Hurricane Irene flooding this last August.

Some of the debris included garbage cans, bags of garbage, cans, bottles, construction debris, bottles of household chemicals from decks, garages, and storage sheds, a wading pool, a steel propane heater, tires, lawn furniture, bookshelves, and a great deal more.

The clean-up was organized by Rudy Steinthal of the Pequannock Environmental Commission, with support from the commission, the town council, the Boys and Girls Club, numerous girl scout troops and boy scout troops, and many other concerned citizens.  Areas focused on in this clean-up were Lyman Park (including parts of Roosevelt, Greenwood, and Oak, as well as Meyers Brook in the village section of town.  One entire dumpster was filled to capacity at Lyman Park and there were numerous items which would not fit.  Another cleanup is scheduled for March of 2012 (an annual tradition) and the township is considering other supplementary clean-ups to locate additional flood debris in other areas.

Thanks again to all of those who volunteered for this event!

Christopher Lotito is a member of the Pequannock EnvironmentalHistoric District, and Flood Control Advisory Commissions as well as the author of  "Torrent," a book about flooding in the region.  Lotito's personal mission is to reduce new taxes, drastically reduce flooding, and preserve more green spaces for our children.  Christopher Lotito Profile

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