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Flotsam Flotilla Saturday on Banister / September 16, 2019

The Town of Halifax will try again with the Banister River Flotsam Flotilla clean-up day, which is rescheduled for Saturday, after the previously scheduled flotilla was cancelled due to severe weather and high water.

The river clean-up operation begin Saturday at 10 a.m. at the King’s Bridge Landing at 1041 Bethel Road (VA Scenic Byway 360), on the Banister River in Halifax. Volunteers are asked to sign up again at the online registration link:

Following on the heels of the Halifax County Improvement Council’s successful spring clean-up campaign, the Banister River Flotsam Flotilla is an opportunity for citizens to remove trash and debris from a State Scenic River listed as one of Virginia’s treasures.

“Thanks to funding from the Duke Energy Water Resources Fund, a free t-shirt will be given to the first 25 volunteers who sign up,” said Jenny Edwards, program manager with the Dan River Basin Association, which has coordinated the grant program for several river clean-ups in the region. The VDOT Halifax residency has generously donated orange trash bags for volunteers to retrieve and store trash pulled from the river.

» What to wear: Dress in synthetic fabric and be prepared to get wet. Although the trip is not technically demanding or hazardous, all boaters will be asked to sign a waiver with the Town of Halifax. Recommended minimum age is 12 years old, accompanied by a parent or legally responsible adult. Please note that everyone must register who is participating in the cleanup. Minors must have a waiver signed by a parent or legal guardian.

» What to bring: Bring lunch and a dry bag for anything you wish to keep dry on the river. Be sure to bring plenty of water. A change of clothes might be nice for when you get off the river.

Afterwards, “if you’re really motivated to keep the river rhythms rockin’ afterwards, check out ‘Burn the Batteau’ River Blues concert at 209 Main starting at 6 p.m., and don’t hesitate to email or call (434) 470-1424”, Halifax Town Manager Carl Espy said. Espy will make a final scouting trip of the 6.2 mile section of the Banister from King’s Bridge Landing to Terry’s Bridge to ensure there are no major logjams or hazards.

The recent drier weather has allowed a number of families, anglers and outdoor enthusiasts to paddle down this tranquil flowing section. DRBA executive director Tiffany Haworth said, “All of the waterways 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 by participating in this cleanup.”

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