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Volunteers Remove Over 35 Bags of Trash from Monticello Stream

November 19, 2007

[MONTICELLO] – Sullivan County Division of Planning & Environmental Management is developing a new county-wide stream clean-up program to help volunteers pick up trash, collect recyclables, remove brush and improve animal habitats around streams.


The program was announced at the first Stream Cleanup Day, held on Saturday, November 17 at the stream between Burger King and Wal-Mart in Monticello.  Over a dozen volunteers picked up 35 bags of trash, tires, a bicycle wheel, shopping carts and other assorted pieces of junk.  Mike Soto and two colleagues from General Contracting in Monticello were passing by at the conclusion of the clean-up and volunteered to transport the trash to the Wal-Mart dumpster.


The kick-off event included individuals from the Sullivan County Division of Planning & Environmental Management, Sullivan County Parks and Recreation, Sullivan County Soil & Water Conservation District, Sullivan Striders and Sullivan Renaissance.  Burger King and Wal-Mart both supported the cleanup with contributions, while officials from the stores praised the effort.


The program will focus in two areas: critical stream sites in need of remediation; and general litterpluck efforts on streams around the county.  The public is invited to identify potential sites for the 2nd Annual Stream Clean-up Day.  Things to think about when selecting a site include:

·   Access – Is it easy to get to?

·   Safety – Is it too steep?  Is the current too strong?

·   Size – Is it large enough for a group of people?


To get involved in the 2008 Stream Clean-Up Program, contact: Sullivan County Division of Planning & Environmental Management, 100 North Street, Monticello, NY 12701; 845-794-3000 x 5028, fax: 845-794-5538;


The mission of the Sullivan County Division of Planning & Environmental Management is to facilitate the design and implementation of effective projects and programs created to improve the economy, environment, and physical infrastructure of the county.  The division provides technical assistance to local municipalities in land use, farm land protection and environmental protection.


Sullivan County Soil & Water Conservation District manages the NYS Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program, which aims to reduce pollution in streams by helping agricultural landowners to voluntarily plant trees, shrubs, and grasses on stream banks to trap sediment, pesticides and fertilizers in runoff.


Sullivan Renaissance is a beautification and community development program principally funded by the Gerry Foundation.  Youth participation is supported in part with grants from the Louis R. Cappelli Foundation, and Bank of America Charitable Foundation.  Additional funding has been secured by NYS Senator John J. Bonacic and Assemblywoman Aileen M. Gunther.  For information about Sullivan Renaissance, visit or call 845-295-2445.