CAMBRIDGE, N.Y. -- This past Saturday Battenkill Conservancy and Trout Unlimited joined forces to clean up a stretch of State Route 313 that runs along the Battenkill. The clean up was followed by offering fly fishing tips to interested participants. More than 20 volunteers came out to collect over 100 pounds of roadside trash including bottles, hubcaps and plastic fast food containers that eventually break down into small particles, end up in the water supply and have deadly effects on a variety of wildlife and fish populations.
The chilly morning proved perfect for walking a scenic stretch of the roadway and practicing fly fishing casts. BkC and TU volunteers conduct the cleanups four times per year and have just added the fly fishing tips to the event this year. The next cleanup is scheduled for June 19 at the same location and time -- State Line Route 313 Rest Area at 9 a.m.