The Androscoggin Land Trust has announced that last year’s effort was so successful (over 1,300 pounds of trash and debris collected), this water-based clean-up effort for the Androscoggin River and its banks in downtown Lewiston-Auburn will repeat again on from 9 a.m.-noon on Sunday, June 16 starting at Little Andy Park, 2nd Street. Volunteer check-in starts at 8:30 a.m. and orientation will begin at 9 a.m.

ALT, with the help of primary sponsor Baxter Brewing Co., along with partners Service Master Clean and Fire House Grille, encourage families and willing volunteers to help clean up the Androscoggin River as we 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 cleanup last year had a blast and we’re all excited to take it up a notch this year,” said Luke Livingston, founder and president of Baxter Brewing Co. “Plus, we had the after-party of the summer at The Fire House, that alone should be reason enough to get folks out on the water!”

ALT has secured support from Lewiston Auburn Canoe and Kayak Rentals to bring canoes to assist in this effort, but are encouraging volunteers to consider bringing their own boats 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.

The event is planned as the official launch to the summer river recreation season in Lewiston-Auburn. Both Fire House Grille and Baxter Brewery are assisting with staff volunteers and as host of the barbecue celebration, the local ServiceMaster is sponsoring a free lunch, along with a complimentary Baxter (or non-alcoholic) beverage to the first 100 volunteers to register.

If you wish to join the effort, register early. To learn more or to register for the clean-up, call 207-782-2302 or email [email protected]

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