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March 9, 2007

Oswego County Residents Encouraged to Participate in Earth Week Projects

The Oswego County Environmental Management Council (EMC) will coordinate Earth Week cleanup activities in Oswego County again this year.

April 22 is officially designated as Earth Day across the U.S. The council is looking for families, youth, churches, neighborhood groups and community organizations to pick up litter in an area of their choice during the week of April 21 through 29.

Roadsides, trails and waterside cleanups are very important, said Dick Drosse, Earth Week coordinator for the EMC. “Besides being an eyesore to tourists and residents alike,” he said, “much of the litter may be non-biodegradable and can contaminate our soil and water.”

Last year several groups, including the Bridge House Brats in Phoenix, Friends of Great Bear, City of Fulton, Town of Minetto, City of Oswego, students from SUNY Oswego, and other county residents picked up litter. This year the EMC is asking that more groups become involved in other areas of Oswego County.

“The New York State Canal Corporation is sponsoring a 'Clean Sweep' initiative the weekend of April 21 and 22, again this year,” said Drosse. “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.

“By the time Earth Week takes place,” he said, “we will all be looking forward to seeing these piles of snow disappear. Any cleanup effort, no matter how small or large, will have a positive impact on our environment and create pride in our community.”

Civic groups and organizations will receive letters about Earth Day cleanup activities from the EMC shortly. For information, contact Drosse at 343-4565 or by .

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