11 July 2020
The third annual 2020 Susquehanna River Clean up was undertaken by the Cooperstown Lions, Rotary Clubs of Cooperstown, and the Rotary E-Club of Global Trekkers on 11 July 2020.
Twenty-one volunteers participated for varying lengths of time from 730 am to 3 pm. They removed approximately 50 tires from the river and a truckload full of bottles, cans, and metal of many varieties, including washing machine drums, 50 gallon drums, bed pans, and many other items. Despite this big haul, the clean up team didn't get all the rubbish removed. But they'll be back again next year.
"It's hard to believe there was that much debris from the Mill St Bridge to the Susquehanna St Bridge in Cooperstown" said Global Trekker Michael Jerome.
SUPPORT FOR THE ENVIRONMENT is Rotary’s 7th Area of Focus ... More than $18 million in Foundation global grant funding has been allocated to environment-related projects over the past five years. Creating a distinct area of focus to support the environment will give Rotary members even more ways to bring about positive change in the world and increase our impact.
The Rotary E-Club of Global Trekkers has always had a strong passion for the environment, ever since the Club's charter on the very last day of the 2016/17 Rotary year.
"We are extremely honored to have active Rotarians like Michael Jerome engaged in the field, tackling this problem because they want our world to be a better place," said Global Trekker President Romanie Gunness.
As Rotarians, we have a responsibility to protect our world from the effects of climate change in communities we care about. Together we can make a difference if we work hard now for the future. #peopleofaction #rotary