The St. Johns River Celebration, a one-day volunteer cleanup of the St. Johns River and its major tributaries in Clay County, will be held this year on Saturday, March 21, from 8 a.m. to noon.
This annual event, co-sponsored by Keep Clay Beautiful and the Clay County Board of Commissioners, has had over 6,632 volunteers participate over the past thirteen years. Their efforts have resulted in the removal of more than 194,721 pounds of trash and debris from the county’s waterways and roadways.
Community volunteers must check in at one of the following three sites to sign in and receive materials: 1) Governor’s Creek Boat Ramp, U.S. 17, Green Cove Springs; 2) Lakeshore Boat Ramp, Lakeshore Drive off of U.S. 17 and 3) Main Street Boat Ramp, Middleburg.
Volunteers should bring a rake or trash stick, work gloves, dip nets, and their own canoe or boat. Please remember to wear old clothes, protective footwear and to wear sunscreen. Participants under eighteen years of age should be accompanied by an adult. Double community service hours will be rewarded to student volunteers needing to satisfy Bright Futures Scholarship requirements.
All volunteers will receive lunch immediately following the clean-up at Camp Chowenwaw Park in Green Cove Springs.
Finally, we ask all volunteers to contribute a canned good(s) for the Green Cove Springs Food Pantry and a new or used book(s) for Clay County Women for Education. “Help to feed the mind and the body.”
If you are interested in being a part of this year’s Celebration please call Tania Jolley, Clay County Environmental Services Department, (904) 269-6374 or (904) 284-6374.