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DRBA volunteers spruce up banks of Smith River
Lisa Perez, along with her sons Dillon and Aidan Hall, cleans up along the Smith River recently as part of a Dan River Basin Association (DRBA) event to keep the riverbanks free of trash. Henry County and Gateway Streetscape partnered with DRBA for the project. (Contributed photo)
Members of several groups pitched in for the Smith River cleanup on Saturday.
The Dan River Basin Association, in partnership with Henry County and Gateway Streetscape, holds a 30-mile river cleanup on the Smith each August.
The organizers asked groups to pick a favorite section of river and work on it ahead of time or on the day of the cleanup.
This year, some people got out before Saturday and worked on the section of river from the Great Road canoe access to Fieldale Park. However, there were tires to be removed during the cleanup.
The DRBA volunteers on Saturday picked up six bags of trash and some larger items, including plastic chairs, an Xbox 360 and an old plastic lighthouse.
DRBA invites those who want to participate in the next cleanup to go to the Smith River Sports Complex at 9 a.m. Aug. 3 to grab some bags and hit the river. That cleanup will concentrate on the section of river from South Martinsville to the sports complex, which will be used for the Smith River Fest on Aug. 9.
Also, there are sections of road near the river that need to be cleaned.
Some boats will be available for use during the cleanup, but participants are encouraged to bring their own boats if they have them.
Maps of other sections of river will be provided and trash will be collected at various locations by Henry County. A cookout at 2 p.m. at the sports complex will follow the cleanup.