Preparations underway for annual New River cleanup

Renew The New is a four-county effort to keep the river clean.

NEW RIVER VALLEY – A four-county cleanup effort to preserve one of the area's most valuable natural resources is underway.

It's all hands on deck at New River's Edge in Giles County. Paul Moody is gearing up for "Fall Into The New," the annual Renew The New cleanup event.

"When you really love the river, it gets in your heart, in your soul, you miss it when you're gone and you want to take care of it and protect it," said Paul Moody with Renew The New. 

Hundreds of volunteers will hit the water Saturday, collecting trash of all shapes and sizes. The cleanup event began years ago in Giles County, but now it stretches to the counties of Floyd, Montgomery, Pulaski and the city of Radford.

"Those of us that first started it had it in our hearts 'Boy it would be awesome' but never realized the movement and just how much everybody would contribute," said Moody. 

In Giles County, the kayaks are collected, the life jackets are stacked and Paul is draining his New River's Edge supplies to make sure the river gets clean.

"It's the least we can do, we hope to put maybe 75 heads on the water on this section from Pembroke down to Ripplemead, the section that we'll be working on," said Moody. 

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