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Susquehanna River clean up day planned April 20

Canoeing and KayakingEarth Day

Lower Susquehanna Heritage Greenway's 13th annual River Sweep, a volunteer shoreline and roadside clean-up in honor of Earth Day, is planned in Havre de Grace, Perryville and Port Deposit plus on Garrett Island for April 20, a Saturday.

Registration begins at 8:30 a.m., with the clean-up from 9 a.m. to noon, rain or shine.

Volunteers will meet at 8:30 a.m. for registration in one of five locations: Tydings Park, Havre de Grace; Community Park, Perryville; the boat launch on River Road in Perryville; Marina Park, Port Deposit; and Octoraro Creek, off Route 222, Port Deposit. Those interested in volunteering on Garrett Island should bring their kayaks and canoes and meet at the Perryville boat launch. Boaters are welcome as well.

After registering, volunteers will then fan out to spend the morning removing trash and other debris from the Upper Bay region, including the Chesapeake Bay, Susquehanna River and tributaries that feed into the Susquehanna River.

Last year, approximately 850 volunteers donated time during River Sweep. Volunteers, including individuals, families and youth groups, removed several tons of trash including multiple tires, pick-up truck bed liners and propane tanks. Over the past 12 years, River Sweep volunteers have removed more than 70 tons of trash from area roads and waterways.

Sponsors of the 2013 River Sweep include Maryland Heritage Areas Authority and Exelon Generation.

Volunteers can sign up in advance by visiting http://www.hitourtrails.com or calling 410-457-2482. River Sweep participants are encouraged to wear old clothes and to bring work gloves. Volunteers who sign up in advance will receive lunch and a T-shirt (as supplies last).

Lower Susquehanna Heritage Greenway is a nonprofit organization based in Darlington whose mission is to stimulate local economic activity by developing a linkage to natural, historic and cultural resources through land and water recreational trails. To date, 22 miles of continuous public recreation trails connecting Harford and Cecil counties have been constructed. The trail system has been designated priority segments of both the Star-Spangled Banner and Captain John Smith Chesapeake National Historic Trails. For more information, visit hitourtrails.com.

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