Clarion River cleanup scheduled Sept. 7

From staff reports

Clarion Conservation District, Pale Whale Canoe Fleet and their partners are planning a Clarion River cleanup event to celebrate the waterway being named 2019 River of the Year.

The cleanup event, which is scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 7, will cover three sections of the National Wild and Scenic Clarion River near Cook Forest State Park.

Volunteers are needed for the project. Those who wish to participate may register from 8 to 10 a.m. Sept. 7 at the Cooksburg Cafe, 122 Riverside Drive, Cooksburg. Parking will be available in a designated area at Pale Whale.

Minors who want to help must be accompanied by an adult chaperone.

Volunteers may use their own kayaks or canoes, or Pale Whale will provide canoes free of charge to those participating in the river cleanup.

Participants will be transported to/from launch sites. Appropriate shoes are recommended to wear in the river for the individual’s safety.

CCD, along with its co-sponsors, will host a reception for the volunteers after the cleanup with pizza and prizes.

Partial funding for this event was provided through the River of the Year mini-grant program funded by the PA Department of Conservation and Natural Resources and the PA Organization for Watersheds and Rivers. DCNR will also provide a program on recycling and sustainability at the reception.

More information about the event is available at the Clarion Conservation District’s Facebook page, or by contacting Tricia Mazik at or (814) 297-7813.