December 15, 2017
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St. Croix River Clean up

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Since 2002, the second Sunday in June has been recognized in Canada as Canadian Rivers Day. It is an opportunity for us to recognize the integral role rivers have played in our lives. In Washington County, we share the St. Croix River with our Canadian neighbors. To celebrate our river, the St. Croix International Waterway Commission would like to ask you to get out and enjoy the St. Croix on the 7th and 8th of June, in both Maine and New Brunswick.
On Saturday, June 7th, from 7:30am to 10am, SCIWC staff and volunteers will have free snacks and morning drinks for paddlers and river lovers at the boat launch in St. Croix, NB. We will be on hand with information about our activities and projects, garbage bags and gloves for the cleanup, and our recreation maps for purchase.
You can also pick up garbage bags from our office in St. Stephen the week before.
You don’t need to paddle the river to participate. If you would like to clean up a spot of shoreline, we and the river will appreciate it! Let’s make the St. Croix spotless, from Fosterville to Passamaquoddy Bay.
Let us know your plan on our Facebook page, and take a picture of your efforts. You could win a prize for the most garbage collected, largest item collected, or the oddest piece of garbage found. To win, you need to post a picture of your find on our Facebook page!
The winners will be selected from the pictures that are posted, so be sure to take pictures of your day and your finds. Prizes include river maps, and a canoe barrel.
The goal of Rivers Day is to get out and enjoy your local river – in a boat, walking on its shores, bird watching, cycling, fishing, or whatever your favorite minimal impact activity may be. Please join us in celebrating the wonderful St. Croix River on June 7 and 8, and share your experiences with us!
Please remember to stay on the shore of the country in which you began – the river is an international border.
If you aren’t able to get out on the 7 and 8, not to worry – join us in September for International Rivers Day!
The St. Croix International Waterway Commission is an international partnership that protects and enhances the health, heritage and beauty of a shared waterway. We envision a vibrant organization that protects, restores and manages natural habitats; offers exceptional backcountry experiences; and celebrates our shared, cross-boundary cultural heritage.