The 2017 ReNew the New clean-up event on August 26th marked the first time all four counties and the city held multiple volunteer events on the same day across the region for a true regional impact on water quality. Last year, the counties and the city worked together to hold the first-ever regional clean up that focused hundreds of volunteers in a centralized location on the New River in Radford. Following the success of 2016, the communities expressed a desire to host their own clean-up events so resources could be distributed throughout the watershed. The 2017 event allowed hundreds of volunteers to sign-up for their preferred clean-up area in Floyd, Giles, Montgomery, Pulaski counties or the city of Radford.

There were land-based clean-up duties on the banks of the New River and Connelly’s Run in Radford, Peak Creek in Pulaski, Slate Branch in Montgomery County, Little River in Floyd County, and Big Stony Creek in Giles County along with water-based clean-ups on the New River in Giles County and Radford, and the Little River in Floyd.

The New River Watershed Roundtable staffed by the New River Valley Regional Commission assists in coordinating the clean-up activities by serving as a central funding entity to provide volunteers with bags, gloves, t-shirts and other resources needed to carry out the activities. The host communities provide transportation and a lunch for all volunteers. Stay tuned for more outcomes from the 2017 clean-up and details on how to participate in 2018!

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