Indian Massacre Road CleanUp; the Sequel

NORTH POWNAL — Indian Massacre Road, a wooded, historic area in North Pownal, part in conservancy, part a working farm, needs ongoing care to discourage litter and deliberate dumping. On Saturday, Nov. 4, from 9 a.m. to1 p.m., the Hoosic River Watershed Association (HooRWA) and Pownal Pride will be be hosting a cleanup at the New York and Vermont border on Indian Massacre Road in North Pownal.

This is the site of an illegal dump first cleaned by Pownal Pride and HooRWA members in 2015. At that time, the successful cleanup pulled 242 tires, mattresses, a couch and many trailer loads of moldy junk and household garbage out of the woods overlooking the Hoosic River. People said the dumpers would be back. The good news is the site looks much better than it did before the first cleanup. The bad news is bad habits like illegal dumping die hard, and we're needed again.

HooRWA is a citizens' group that looks after the river. They are dedicated to the restoration, conservation and enjoyment of the Hoosic River watershed. Their aim is a watershed that is ecologically healthy and enjoyed by all. Pownal Pride is a group of Pownal residents organized at Empower Pownal to build a community-wide, ongoing greenup process in Pownal, building on the work of activists who organized the first Indian Massacre cleanup, and modeled on but expanding Vermont's traditional May Greenup Day. If you are concerned about the environment and preserving Pownal's natural beauty, these are two great groups to get involved with.

Whether you're a walker, cyclist, neighbor or caring citizen, show up on Nov. 4, tick-proof and ready to get dirty. We have some gloves and safety vests, but boots and sturdy clothes are recommended. It's hard work and also a fun way to meet neighbors and get inspired about Pownal and the Hoosic River.


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