DOI / VISTA Team News

DOI/VISTA Kevin Blanchette Plans Clean Sweep Along the Spicket River

by Michael Ann Dulcie, Outreach Coordinator
November 2, 2014

Spicket Cleanup The town of Lawrence, MA faces many obstacles--12% unemployment rate, 34% of the population at or below the poverty level. That's why it's amazing to see 800 volunteers rally together to remove 21,000 pounds of litter from in and around the Spicket River Greenway in downtown Lawrence. DOI/VISTA Kevin Blanchette played a critical role spending weeks creating maps, promoting the event, and working to define volunteer roles for the day. 
The primary focus for the 13th Annual Spicket River Cleanup, organized by Groundwork Lawrence, is the final completion of the Spicket River Greenway, a three-and-a-half mile stretch of paths and parks along the river. People take pride in these newly created spaces where they bike, walk, and spend time near the water. The cleanup efforts have spread out into the neighborhoods and business that surround the river, bringing economic revitalization and new pride to Lawrence.

U.S. Representative Niki Tsongas took part in the cleanup: “Our rivers have served us well for centuries, and are now creating tremendous recreational opportunities, and bringing natural beauty to our daily life. Days like this give us the opportunity to recognize the organizations, volunteers, and different levels of government working together to sustain and preserve the integrity of these resources.”