Volunteers clean up Assabet, Sudbury and Concord rivers

Nearly 200 volunteers recently participated in the 30th annual cleanup of the Assabet, Sudbury and Concord rivers organized by OARS, a Concord-based organization that works to protect and preserve the three waterways.

Volunteers pulled tires, bicycles, TVs, rugs, and furniture from the rivers.

Congressman Niki Tsongas of Lowell attended the cleanup in Maynard along the Assabet as part of her Annual River Day, a celebration of the rivers that connect the communities in her district.


“For 10 years, River Day has provided a firsthand look at the incredible impact our waterways have on the communities of the Third District,’’ Tsongas said. “It has also exhibited the extraordinary work done by a multitude of organizations dedicated to protecting and preserving these vital natural resources, and I want to thank them for supporting a decade of River Day events.’’

In addition to stops in Lawrence and Maynard, Tsongas visited the Bill Ashe Visitor Facility of the Oxbow National Wildlife Refuge in Devens. Tsongas joined residents, local and state officials, and members of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in a canoe paddle on the Nashua River, and met with volunteers. The Nashua was once ranked among the most polluted rivers in the nation but is now being studied to determine if it is eligible for national designation as a Wild and Scenic River.

Jennifer Fenn Lefferts can be reached at jflefferts@yahoo.com.