April 14, 2004
Legislature Chairman Suggests Ways to Get Involved in Earth Day Activities
County Legislature Chairman Russ Johnson is encouraging citizens to get involved in Earth Day activities during Earth Week, which is April 19 through 25.
"Traditionally we celebrate Earth Day on April 22," said Legislature Chairman Johnson. "This year I have designated the week of April 19 to 25 as Earth Week in Oswego County. I am asking all residents to each dedicate a few hours this week to pick up litter or choose another activity to preserve our environment.
"Oswego County residents are very fortunate to live in an area that is so rich in natural resources and spectacular scenic beauty," he added. "Now that the snow has finally melted, we all notice garbage and trash along our roadsides. It detracts from our own enjoyment, and leaves a negative impression with visitors."
He suggested families can adopt a section of roadside or park area and pick up trash; reduce household waste and conserve resources by purchasing products made from recycled materials; and reduce household garbage by composting coffee grounds, egg shells and other organic wastes.
During last year's Earth Day Cleanup Walk, volunteers collected 1,000 pounds of trash and debris along eight miles of roads, trails and walkways near the Oswego River.
"The event represented a very small area of the county," said David Hertzler, chairman of the Oswego County Environmental Management Council. "The clean-up illustrates the need for residents and organizations to make a collective effort to promote good stewardship of our environment. If we each take pride in our environment and accept responsibility for keeping it clean, we all can make a difference."
For more information about Earth Week activities, contact Hertzler at 963-8525 or visit www.earthday.net on the Internet.
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