Apologies for the late notice but we needed to confirm our location and the holiday screwed up everyone's schedule. Hope many of you can still attend!
Please join CJST for a cleanup along the Royce Brook and Millstone River in the Lost Valley section of Manville! Yes, you read that correctly... this will be CJST's first major cleanup in the Millstone watershed! We did a small portion of this area last year when we used this as a starting point for a Raritan cleanup downstream. This time will be cleaning a patch of woods in the floodplain and along the Royce Brook and Millstone banks. There are a few larger items but it will be mainly a litter and flood debris cleanup. If conditions allow, some volunteers may wade into the brook to remove a few items and if we get enough volunteers, we will try to clean the other side of the brook too. We will be partnering with the Manville DPW, who will be providing dumpsters to separate metal and other trash. Manville helped us last year when we cleaned Duke Parkway Park (although we don't expect to find nearly as much trash this time).
If you haven't been to Lost Valley recently, you will be surprised how many homes have been purchased and torn down through the Blue Acres program. These homes had been subjected to repetetive flooding from storms and it became more prudent to remove these buildings from the floodplain than to continually repair them.
The event begins at 8:00 AM at the southwestern end of Lincoln Avenue past its intersection with Benjamin Street (use 2 Lincoln Avenue, Manville, NJ 08835 as the closest address). Come on out and join us for sign up, instructions and safety...and enjoy some breakfast on us.
Please note that registration/RSVP is important so that we know what kind and how many supplies and refreshments to bring and set up.
1.Bring along your family and friends! It's going to be a really fun and great day! The more junk we find the more rewarding the experience! Meetup is 8:00 AM at the end of Lincoln Avenue (near 2 Lincoln Avenue, Manville, NJ 08835). There is plenty of parking available along the gravel road or on the grass. Please note there are two ways into Lost Valley... the tunnel on Kyle Street and the bridge on North Bridge Street. If your vehicle is taller than 7'-8", DO NOT use the Kyle Street tunnel or we will be throwing parts of your roof into the dumpster. If your vehicle is shorter (and not too wide), use Kyle Street because the tunnel is cool. For those unsure, use the bridge!
2. If you plan to wade in the river please wear waders or tall boots. The water will probably to low and there aren't too many items in the water. If you have a canoe and don't mind going out on the water in December, there are a few items floating in the river that you can get, and or possibly provide transportation across the brook if we do go on the other side.
3. If you are staying on land wear sturdy footwear and clothing you don't mind getting a little to very dirty...depending on what you might find...and how deep it's buried! Also, part of this area has a lot of thorn bushes to dress appropriately.
CJST will provide the rest! Garbage bags, work gloves, tools, life jackets, breakfast and water for volunteers.
So come on out! We look forward to restoring this small piece of the wathershed with you!
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