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April 10, 2006

Oswego County Residents Encouraged to Participate in Earth Week Projects

County Legislature Chairman Russ Johnson is encouraging citizens to set aside some time during Earth Week, April 17 through 23, to get involved in a cleanup activity.

“Oswego County contains some of the most beautiful places in the entire state,” said Legislature Chairman Johnson. “Now that the snow has melted, we can see litter and accumulated trash along roadways and in public places. It detracts from our communities and leaves a poor impression with visitors and tourists. I am asking individuals, families, and community groups to take time during Earth Week to do some outdoor spring cleaning. By participating in a cleanup project – along our roadsides, in a park, or along a waterfront area - we as county residents can show our pride in the beautiful county that we live in.”

Earth Day is officially celebrated April 22. The Oswego County Environmental Management Council (EMC) is coordinating Earth Week activities in Oswego County.

“This year, the New York State Canal Corporation is sponsoring a ‘Clean Sweep’ initiative during the last two weeks of April,” said Sandy Bonanno, Earth Week coordinator for the EMC. “Dick Drosse, a resident of Minetto, brought this project to our attention. In consideration of the large presence the NYS Barge Canal has in our county, we are suggesting that people and organizations think about including the canal corridor along the Oswego and Oneida rivers as areas for Earth Day projects.”

Drosse has volunteered to coordinate the Earth Day cleanup along the Oswego and Oneida rivers corridor. He suggests people can get involved by picking up debris in public areas along the canal corridor. Property owners are asked to pick up along their waterfront. People with questions concerning the canal cleanup or who want to arrange for pickup of debris along the canal may contact Drosse at 343-4565.

“The canal system extends through nine municipalities in Oswego County, and many groups and communities will be involved in cleanup projects,” said EMC chairman David Hertzler. “Roadside cleanups are also very important. There is much work to be done. However, if each of us, as county residents, participates personally in a cleanup effort, we can spread the Earth Day spirit throughout our county and take pride in Oswego County’s appearance.”

The EMC would like to acknowledge Earth Week cleanup efforts throughout the county. Groups are asked to contact Bonanno at sandrabonanno@alltel.net, phone 598-4063, to let her know the location of cleanup projects, how much debris was collected, and how many volunteers were involved. Photos are welcomed.

County Legislature Chairman Russ Johnson, left, presents the Earth Week proclamation to David Hertzler, chairman of the Oswego County Environmental Management Council. Earth Week is April 17 through 23. Citizens are encouraged to get involved by picking up litter or taking part in other Earth Day projects.

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