Annual “Source to Sea” River Cleanup Day

Last Friday, Ibex employees carpooled about twenty miles north of our headquarters to clean up a section of the Ompompanoosuc River in West Fairlee, VT, for the annual Source to Sea project sponsored by the Connecticut River Conservancy.

We hosted a Facebook Live with Ron Rhodes, River Steward with the Connecticut River Conservancy, to kick our project off. Watch below:

Then, we assembled.

Posing for a group photo before we hit the river.

Now let’s get to work!

 

In fact, this area wasn’t new to us. The Conservation Alliance, of which we’re a member, helped fund a dam removal at this exact site. During the removal, which happened over a week’s span in August, workers noticed debris from old machinery and other trash along the river banks. Ron Rhodes, River Steward of the CRC who manages projects in Vermont, thought this would be perfect spot for our service day. Read about the dam removal project here.

 

All smiles!

Combing the Ompompanoosuc River for trash.

A section of river we left a little better than we found it.

Trash and other debris peeked out from nooks and river beds.

One river’s trash is another’s treasure? Some interesting finds, for sure!

This is the fourth year we’ve partnered with the Connecticut River Conservancy to do the Source to Sea river cleanup project. We’re already looking forward to next year’s day!