Group organizes Mohawk River cleanup

DeKing said they even see where the little tends to be manufactured and then contact the businesses regarding ways to make their product biodegradable. She said for instance, there is always a large number of plastic eating utensils, paper plates and cups.

"The data that is collected is invaluable. It allows us to get a hold of who is making the products that are not environmentally friendly," said DeKing.

DeKing said this year organizers are excited about the help they will receive from the newest cleanup group on the block, the Neighborhood Environmental Coalition, started by Scotia resident Nathan Glass. DeKing said they look forward to the extra sets of hands.

"We look forward to taking part in this event," Glass said.

His group, which was formed this spring, is up to 30 members.

"Things are going very well. Every time we get together, people honk and scream 'thank you,' out of their car windows. It's a great feeling," said Glass.

For more information on helping the shore cleanup, call DeKing at 374-7287.""

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