August 28, 2012 —
UPPER DELAWARE REGION — “When I arrived at the site and looked down the bank, I thought, ‘this is going to take all day’,” said Town of Highland Supervisor Andrew Boyar, an avid fisherman involved with regional fishing organizations. Boyar was pleasantly proven wrong as more than 30 volunteers showed up to contribute their efforts to a riverbank cleanup organized by longtime river advocate Lee Hartman on August 11.
The site was located along Faulkener Road near the West Branch Angler Resort on the Pennsylvania bank of the Delaware River at an area known as Monument Pool. The site was selected due to the accumulation of many years of garbage being dumped down the long steep bank.
“The steepness of the bank was a major hurdle and a trailer and winch were necessary to pull up boatloads of garbage,” said Hartman. “We filled up an entire dumpster.”
The cooperative effort by members of the Stanley Cooper Chapter Trout Unlimited (TU), Pike Wayne Chapter TU, NYC TU, Long Island Chapter TU, Upper Delaware Chapter TU, Wild Trout Flyrodders, West Branch Angler, Friends of the Upper Delaware, business owners and anglers resulted in a two-hour completion of the project.
“It was a great success thanks to all the volunteers who showed up,” said Hartman. Future cleanups will be done on an as-needed basis.