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Flotsam Flotilla needed for Banister clean up

SoVaNow.com / August 27, 2014
The Wild Blue River Festival, scheduled to be held on Sept. 13 in the Town of Halifax, will begin a week earlier with the inaugural Wild Blue Flotsam Flotilla.

The Flotsam Flotilla is a volunteer-based river cleanup that will focus on the Banister River, Lake, and surrounding areas on Saturday, Sept. 6 from 8 a.m.-noon.

The cleanup is being sponsored by Blue Ridge Outdoors Magazine.

Participants will receive a free t-shirt and a bagged lunch.

Volunteers need to bring their own gloves, sun protection, waders, or a canoe if they would like to be a part of the river or lake team. Areas for trash pick up at the boat launches and along the roads will be available for those not wishing to get on the river.

Depending on the number of volunteers who register, the cleanup will consist of four zones; upstream at the Dam, along the10 mile stretch from the kayak launch to 360, at the Banister Lake Public Access Launch, and finally on the Banister Lake itself.

Clean waters create opportunities for recreation, restore aquatic ecosystems, and provide healthy habitats for plants and wildlife.

Most of the trash in our nation’s waters is made up of disposable items we use every day. The most common trash found in our waterways are: cigarettes & cigarette filters, caps & lids, plastic beverage bottles, plastic bags, food wrappers & containers, cups, plates, forks, knives, & spoons, glass beverage bottles, straws & stirrers, beverage cans, and paper bags. People who boat and fish along the Banister can make an impact on the quality of the waterways they use by removing all their trash, picking up stray litter left behind by someone else, and volunteering for larger river cleanup events.

The Flotsam Flotilla is open to individuals, civic groups, churches, or businesses. Registration forms are available online at http://www.halifax-events.com or at the Halifax Town Hall. Anyone with questions is welcome to contact Rebecca Ramey at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or call 434-476-2337.

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