Five regions getting together to clean New River

ReNew the New Clean-up held in August

All photos are property of the New River Valley Regional Commission; photo credit goes to mattrossphotography.com.

RADFORD, Va. – A regional river cleanup is expected to remove tons of trash and garbage from several miles of the New River.

For many canoeing on the New River it's an enjoyable way to spend the day. While others may use it for fishing.
No matter the use, the New River Valley Regional Commission wants the water clean as possible for all surrounding communities.

"The New River and the streams or rivers within watershed are an economic driver of the region," said Michael Gottfredson, regional planner for NRVRC.

In two months the counties of Giles, Montgomery, Pulaski, Floyd and Radford City will clean their different sections of the New River watershed. Gottfredson says lots of machines, appliances and other items are found in the water.

"We get a lot of tires. Last year there were up to 200 tires they pulled out of the New River.

Jenni Wilder says the New River is a focal point for tourism and development Radford.

"This year we're going to host the cleanup for our part of the river," said Jenni Wilder, public information coordinator for City of Radford.

Brad Buchanan with Montgomery County says it not always easy work. Access he says, can be difficult.

"For Montgomery County perspective we have very limited access to the river. Whitethorne is one of our only boat launches on the river. So it creates a bit of a challenge from  getting people out because of the long distances from one boat launch to another," said Buchanan.

The cleanup is Aug 26. Click here to sign.

Check out a video from a cleanup in 2016. The video is property of the New River Valley Regional Commission.