Flotsam Flotilla river cleanup set Saturday

The town of Halifax will be a busy place Saturday with the Banister River Flotsam Flotilla river cleanup scheduled that morning at 10 and a performance by the River City Blues Challenge Band Winners Burn the Batteau at the Halifax Farmers Market that evening at 6. Volunteers are asked to sign up again for the rescheduled cleanup event to take place Saturday at 10 a.m. at the King’s Bridge Landing located at 1041 Bethel Road in Halifax.

The town of Halifax will be a busy place Saturday with the Banister River Flotsam Flotilla river cleanup scheduled that morning at 10 and a performance by the River City Blues Challenge Band Winners Burn the Batteau at the Halifax Farmers Market that evening at 6.

Volunteers are asked to sign up again for the rescheduled cleanup event to take place Saturday at 10 a.m. at the King’s Bridge Landing located at 1041 Bethel Road in Halifax.

The flotilla is another opportunity for citizens to take action following the Halifax County Improvement Council’s successful community-wide clean up, said Jenny Edwards, program manager with DRBA, who has coordinated the grant program for several river cleanups in the region.

“Thanks to funding from the Duke Energy Water Resources Fund, a free T-shirt will be given to the first 25 volunteers who sign up,” Edwards added.

The Virginia Department of Transportation Halifax residency has donated trash bags.

Participants should dress in synthetic fabric, and be prepared to get wet.

Although the trip is not technically demanding or hazardous, all boaters will be asked to sign a waiver with the town of Halifax.

Recommended minimum age is 12 years old accompanied by a parent or legally responsible adult.

Everyone must register who is participating in the cleanup.

Minors must have a waiver signed by a parent or legal guardian.

Participants should bring lunch, a dry bag for anything one wishes to keep dry while on the river and plenty of water.

A change of clothes also is suggested for when participants get off the river.

“If you’re really motivated to keep the river rhythms rocking afterwards, check out “Burn the Batteau” River Blues at 209 Main starting at 6 p.m., and don’t hesitate to email or call 434-470-1424,” Carl Espy, Halifax town manager, reminds volunteers.

The town manger said he plans to make a final scouting trip of the 6.2-mile section to Terry’s Bridge to ensure there are no major logjams or hazards.

“All of the waterways in the Dan River Basin connect communities and people. Most people understand that clean water is important to our health, our local economy and for future generations. I’m so excited to see that the people of Halifax truly value their river by participating in this cleanup,” said Tiffany Haworth, DRBA executive director.

A total of 63.3 miles of the Banister, which flows past the town of Halifax, is designated a State Scenic River. It is tributary of the Dan River sub-basin and the Roanoke River Basin.