Woonasquatucket River Watershed Council hosts full week of events for Earth Week

Events include cleanups, tree plantings, and free canoe rides.

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PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WLNE) – Earth week is the time of year when cleaning up our world becomes a renewed priority for many, and that’s certainly true for environmental groups like the Woonasquatucket River Watershed Council.

Alicia Lehrer is the Executive Director of the Woonasquatucket River Watershed Council.  Lehrer says, “As the winter progresses, all kinds of trash collects next to the river. We use these cleanups to prevent that trash from getting into the river, and anything that gotten into the river, we’re taking it out.”

The week’s events kicked off Tuesday with a tree planting and spring cleanup on Adams Lane in North Providence.

Lehrer says, “It was a huge turnout.  We had about 45 people there.  Adams Lane is a great project, because it’s a new parklet that we’re developing on the Woonasquatucket River, just kind of on the border of North Providence and Smithfield.”

The efforts continued Wednesday with a cleanup at Cricket Field in Johnston.  The big day is Friday, Earth Day itself.  Events for Earth Day include a cleanup and tree planting along the river near Promenade Street in Providence plus a cleanup and free canoe rides at Riverside Park in Providence.

Lehrer says, “Anybody can come.  We love having families join us.  It’s really fortuitous that this is also school vacation week, so this is a time that lots of families are looking for great stuff to do.”

If you can’t make it out this week, the watershed council hosts cleanup events throughout the warmer months.

Lehrer says, “We’re really not just cleaning up today, but kicking off the whole season this week.”

For a link to learn more, visit their website: https://wrwc.org/events/

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