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Kittatinny Canoes hosts river clean-up, needs volunteers


July 16, 2014

BUSHKILL, PA — Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area Superintendent John J. Donahue announced that Kittatinny Canoes will celebrate the 25th anniversary of its “On and Under the Delaware River Clean-up” this month. The annual event, sponsored by the Milford-based Kittatinny Canoes, the oldest and largest canoe livery operator in the country, will take place this year from July 21 to 23 on the Middle Delaware National Scenic and Recreational River within the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area and on the Upper Delaware National Scenic and Recreational River.

Since 1990, Kittatinny Canoes, led by owners Ruth Jones and her son Dave, have organized this annual three-day event that includes their staff, volunteers, and National Park Service employees. To date, they have removed 8,547 tires, 8,544 pounds of aluminum cans, and 440 tons of trash from the Delaware River corridor including the river bottom, islands and shorelines. Some of the most interesting items retrieved include: a 1962 pick-up truck, 18 sticks of dynamite, a loaded shotgun, a model of a human brain, a bowling ball with a chain, an exercise bike, several safes both with and without doors and the hood of a 1960 Ford Falcon.

For more information on the river clean-up, call Kittatinny Canoes at 800/FLOAT-KC or visit www.kittatinny.com. Kittatinny Canoes needs at least 100 volunteers each day.