AUBURN — The Androscoggin Land Trust (ALT) has announced that last year’s clean-up effort was so successful (more than 1,300 pounds of trash and debris), the water-based effort for the Androscoggin River and its banks in downtown Lewiston-Auburn will repeat again on Sunday, June 16.

Volunteer check-in time is 8:30 a.m. at Little Andy Park, Second Street, and orientation will start at 9. The session will continue until noon.

ALT, with the help of Baxter Brewing Co., along with Service Master Clean and Fire House Grille, will encourage families and volunteers to clean up the river as they prepare downtown Lewiston-Auburn for the summer river recreation season.

“We at Baxter Brewing believe the Androscoggin waterway is the lifeblood of the Lewiston-Auburn community and are excited to partner again with the land trust and friends to help clean and protect the river,  from the river,  for the second year in a row. Every employee who attended the clean-up last year had a blast and we’re all excited to take it up a notch this year,” said Luke Livingston, founder of Baxter Brewery.

ALT has secured support from Lewiston Auburn Canoe & Kayak Rentals to bring canoes to assist, but the trust encourages those with canoes to consider bringing them to maximize the number of people on the river.

Volunteers will be assigned to the canoes and will take to the river in groups. Those more comfortable on land will have opportunities to provide clean-up support from the shore.

A barbecue celebration will include a free lunch for the first 100 volunteers to register. To learn more or to register, call ALT at 782-2302 or e-mail [email protected]

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