According to the East Somerville Main Streets community organization, of East Somerville, Massachusetts,Â Kristina Goesch and the project she created in Landmark Education’s Self-Expression and Leadership Program (SELP) were responsible for an Earth Day clean up of the Mystic River.
Held the morning of April 17, the Mystic River Watershed Association and the Gentle Giant Rowing Club, of which Goesch is a member, organized the day. Goesch also brought in volunteers from the Rowing teams of several nearby high schools.
Goesch took on the project through her involvement in the rowing club – being out on the river exposes her to the trash and debris in the river. Goesch says that a big issue related to this is the need for better disposal methods in the city.
Along with the river clean up, Goesch also took on a shopping cart removal project in conjunction with the rowing team, which is bringing boats, equipment and even divers to help remove the carts. This has the support of local retailers, for whom cart loss has impacted their business.
Goesch is intending to expand the clean up and make it an annual event. For more information, go to the website of the Mystic River Watershed Association, mysticriver.org or call them at 781-316-3438.