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Mark Your Calendars for the 2021 Rocky River Clean - Up!

The Rocky River Clean-Up has been going on annually for nearly a decade and a half, a local tradition for the first Saturday in June. In the past it has entailed a large group of volunteers coming out to tackle litter along the river followed by a cookout. Sadly, last year it was canceled due to COVID-19 (we’ll call it a freebie for continuity’s sake last year) but this year we’re happy we’ll be gathering in small groups under ten people scattered throughout the watershed to tackle litter in different areas, and sadly we’ll be skipping our traditional cook-out.

You can also participate virtually using the app Litterati anytime from Sunday May 30th to Saturday June 12th (directions below). And what’s more, everyone who signs in on the day of the pick-up or uses the app will automatically be entered into a raffle to win a free Rocky River Watershed Council T-shirt, reusable water bottle, or other great prizes!

While we’ll be sad to miss seeing all your faces at the cookout, we’re still glad to be getting a head start picking up the litter all along our streams. Dress for the weather and wear long sleeves, pants, and boots. All trash collected will be recorded and entered into a database for improving ocean and waterway health.

Check our website anytime after May 15th to see locations for each small group gathering and to register for a spot. Mark your calendars!

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Litterati is a free mobile app for iPhones and Androids that tracks litter collection by allowing users to photograph, upload, and tag litter in their area. To participate in our Litterati challenge, follow the instructions below anytime you are out picking up trash in the Rocky River Watershed from May 30th to June 12th.

How to participate:

  • Download the free Litterati app on your mobile device using the App Store or Google Play. Open the app, click “I’m New.”
  • Review and Agree to the terms.
  • You will be asked, “Do you have a challenge code?” Enter the code 750912 and click “Join.”
  • The app will immediately open to the in-app camera. Click the top left down arrow to your “Community” and the main menu.
  • Next, you need to “Claim Your Account” (learn how to) to save your progress and tracked litter and access all tools and data. Without claiming your account, your data may not be saved to our challenge. This data is important to helping map litter in our community.
  • Make sure your phone’s settings allows the Litterati app to access your location and camera while using the app.
  • From May 30th to June 12th (one week before and after our in-person date of June 5th), collect as much litter as you can using Litterati to take a picture of each item AND tag the type of trash it is.

For extra help on how to use Litterati, to watch how-to videos, and learn tips and tricks.

What does this do? We use the data gathered through this app to know what kinds of objects are being tossed out in different areas, which allows us to market solutions and education more effectively.

Blog author: Meg Hennessey, Watershed Coordinator

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