The 20th annual RiverSweep and raffle along the Black River

A sneak peek at some of the great items being raffled off to benefit the Black River Action Team. Photo by Kelly Stettner

SPRINGFIELD, Vt. – The Black River Action Team welcomes volunteers of all ages, Saturday, Sept. 7, to lend a hand for the 20th annual RiverSweep cleanup of the bed and banks of the Black River. Meet at the HQ table by the footbridge in the Springfield Shopping Plaza, 2 Chester Rd., sign in, and pick a spot to clean.

Grab trash bags and work gloves, fill your water bottle, and head out to see what you can find. Bring your junk back to HQ by 11 a.m. to help us sort and tally the “treasures,” clean up, and play a little “Junk Jam” while enjoying lunch. Don’t forget to grab some chips donated by Deep River Snacks and your free BRAT tee shirt as our “thank you” for your time and effort.

New for 2020, help support the many BRAT programs and projects such as RiverSweep by purchasing a raffle ticket and enter to win one of several prizes. Prize drawings take place at noon.

Raffles include:

  • Beautiful wall art by Springfield Fence Co and Hawks Mountain Ironworks,
  • Handmade maple cutting boards by Rockledge Farm Woodworks of Ascutney,
  • One-year subscription to Northern Woodlands magazine,
  • Car wash kit by Advance Auto Parts, featuring organic cleaning products from Vermont Soap Co,
  • One-year family membership to Brattleboro Museum and Arts Center, and more.

Bags and gloves are provided by Connecticut River Conservancy. A full list of 2019 supporters is on the back of the bright turquoise tee shirts by Clever Cow Designs.

For more information on RiverSweep and other projects, contact BRAT director Kelly Stettner at 802-738-0456 or

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