Volunteers needed for spring river cleanup

HOPEWELL, VA (WWBT) - Volunteers are needed for a river cleanup along the lower Appomattox River on Saturday, April 13. The Friends of the Lower Appomattox River is sponsoring the cleanup, which will begin at several locations at 8:30 a.m.

Official cleanup sites include:

—     Campbell's Bridge, located on Fleet Street in Petersburg (parking is located on the Petersburg side of this bridge that connects Petersburg to Chesterfield County's Ettrick community).

—     Hopewell Marina, 1051 Riverside Road, Hopewell

—     City Park, 201 Appomattox Street, Hopewell

—     Roslyn Landing Park, 265 Charles Dimmock Parkway, Colonial Heights

Cleanup activities also will be taking place at the historic Point of Rocks in Chesterfield County. Due to the terrain, a specific group has been assigned this site, which will not be open to walk-up volunteers the morning of the cleanup.

FOLAR is a regional nonprofit organization focused on protecting and conserving the Appomattox River. Formed in 2000, FOLAR is working to complete a "greenway-blueway" trail system along nearly 23 miles of the Appomattox River between the dam at Lake Chesdin and where the Appomattox meets the James River at Hopewell. Many trail sections have been completed, as well as parks and other improvements providing public access to the river.

FOLAR holds cleanups along the river as a way to enhance this ongoing work and to preserve the lower Appomattox River as an invaluable resource.

For more information, about the cleanup, including details about signing up to help the morning of the event, contact Wayne Walton at 804-943-6278. For more information about FOLAR, visit folar-va.org.