River Cleanups 2015


Other River Cleanups: 2015, 2014, 2013, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2005, 2004, 2002

BEAT’s River Cleanups are again underway.  Our cleanup crews have already been out twice this year.  This year’s season actually began with the early May (May 2) cleanup of a roadway.  Volunteers spread out along Hubbard Ave in Pittsfield to clean trash from what was a very well littered area.  Members of the Pittsfield High School Environmental Club and BJ’s Wholesale Club in Dalton sent volunteers to help out.  And thank you to Sandy Leonard who organized the cleanup!


Thank you PHS students!


Thank you BJ’s volunteers! (in red shirts)


May 16 was our first river cleanup of the year.  The cleanup was a joint effort of BEAT and the Housatonic Valley Association.  Six teams of volunteers, one in canoes, hauled trash from the East Branch of the river, from Peck’s Brook along Pecks Road, from the Linden Street area, and from the area around Wahconah Park.   A very big thank you to Pine Cone Hill for providing a barbecue lunch for our hungry volunteers after the cleanup, and to Panera’s in Pittsfield for providing the snacks that got us started at the beginning of the day. And thank you to the City of Pittsfield for once again agreeing to pick up the mountains of trash our volunteers piled up along the river.

Join us for our next river cleanup, scheduled for August 8, 9am at Fred Garner Park in Pittsfield.

photo of gathering at start of cleanup

Snacks while receiving instructions for the cleanu


photo of gathering at start of cleanup

We’re almost ready

photo of crew getting ready to start cleanup

Time to get working now

photo of crew dispersing into groups to start work

Taking the field

Photo of Elia carting trash to trash pile.

Elia hard at work

photo of volunteers having fun at cleanup

Its not all hard work


  • Hi Ted,

    Thank you so much for wanting to help out with river cleanups and other physical work to protect the environment. At the moment, we aren’t planning any more river cleanups this year. We will definitely have more next year, and we are planning on having invasive species removal parties as well.

    We will be looking for volunteers to help us walk/canoe stretches of the Housatonic River in Pittsfield to survey and photograph all the storm water pipes entering the river. And we need volunteers interested in being trained to survey stream crossings (where roads cross over rivers and streams). These aren’t as physical, but still require scrambling up and down river banks.

    I let Elia Del Molino, BEAT’s Program Manager, who is managing the surveying work know of your interest as well.

    Thank you again!

  • Ted Potter

    I would like to help at future river clean-ups or where ever some outdoor help is needed. Keep me in mind for future work. Thanks Ted Potter

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