Bring your rubber boots and join The South Williamstown Community Association and the Hoosic River Watershed Association on Saturday, July 15, 2017, at 1 p.m. for a Green River Cleanup Walk starting opposite Hart Construction at 381 New Ashford Road. (Parking is available there.) Last year we collected approximately 15 trash bags of glass and other debris. There’ll be refreshments afterwards at The Store at Five Corners.
There was a town landfill along the Green River behind the Hart farm from about 1948 until 1960 and high water (especially since Hurricane Irene) causes broken glass and other debris to be washed into the river. SWCA Board Member Wayne Olivieri got in touch with HooRWA about this in 2015 and HooRWA arranged a site visit on October 6, 2015 attended by Williamstown’s Director of Public Works Tim Kaiser, Health Officer Jeff Kennedy, HooRWA’s Steve McMahon, Tom Hyde and Lauren Stevens, SWCA’s Mark Thaisz and Charles Clines and Dan Hall from the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection.
May 16th’s Town Meeting voted to approve an expense of $16,500 to do an assessment of the Hart landfill site, to be completed by December 2017.