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Banister River clean-up float slated Sept. 22

SoVaNow.com / August 16, 2018
Plans are under way to tackle litter in and around portions of the Banister River in September. “The Flotsam Flotilla” river cleanup will begin Saturday, Sept. 22 at 9 a.m. at the King’s Bridge Landing in Halifax, and depending upon the volunteer interest, will include a foray at the Banister Lake Boat Landing.

“We are fortunate to have many people who enjoy our local rivers and are dedicated to protecting the Banister and our other waterways. DRBA is committed to maintaining the beauty of our community and the outdoor recreation areas that we all enjoy,” said Halifax Town Manager Carl Espy, an avid paddler.

The Flotsam Flotilla, has occurred in previous years in coordination with the Wild Blue River Festival, but for 2018, the town will concentrate solely on removing litter while festival partners develop a new organizational and marketing strategy for the event going forward. Not only does the cleanup help rid the river of manmade debris and trash, but it is also an opportunity to clear an open water path for autumn paddlers after several floods during the summer.

“The town has experienced success with our cleanups in past years and I’m sure this year will be no different,” said Halifax Mayor Kristy Johnson.

DRBA executive director Tiffany Haworth said, “All of the rivers in the Dan River Basin connect communities and people. Most people understand that clean water is important to our health, our local economy and for future generations. I’m so excited to see that the people of Halifax truly value their river and will take action to protect the Banister by participating in this cleanup.”

The Virginia Department of Transportation – Halifax residency has generously donated orange trash bags. Volunteers should dress accordingly. Areas of cleanup will include land and water, so those wishing to be part of the river cleanup team should bring their canoe. DRBA has secured a grant to provide safety vests, gloves, trash grabbers and other supplies.

63.3 miles of the Banister, which flows past the Town of Halifax, are designated a State Scenic River. It is a tributary of the Dan River sub-basin and the Roanoke River Basin.

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