NRC July 8 cleanup result

Volunteers from The Hotel Tavern helped New River Conservancy fill an Ashe County Environmental Services dumpster with 55 tires and 20 bags of trash from the New River near the River House Inn & Restaurant in Grassy Creek Monday, July 8.

WEST JEFFERSON — New River Conservancy is raising money for its annual Splash for the Cash fundraiser, benefitting the nonprofit’s river cleanup program, according to NRC Outreach Coordinator Summer Rich.

Because there is no dedicated state funding that pays for New River cleanups, the job of organizing and funding cleanup efforts falls entirely on NRC, Rich said.

Until July 25, teams are invited to raise money for future NRC river cleanups, according to Rich. Every $50 a team raises is redeemable for one raffle ticket, which can be drawn at the end of the July for a chance to win river-related prizes from conservancy sponsors, Rich said.

“Last year’s winner paddled away with a brand new kayak,” Rich said.

A celebratory river float from Zaloo’s Canoes to New River State Park Wagoner Access will cap off the conservancy’s month-long fundraising effort at 10 a.m. Saturday, July 27, featuring discounted tube and canoe rentals from Zaloo’s and a post-float lunch catered by Smoky Mountain BBQ — register for the float by Friday, July 26, Rich said.

Last year’s NRC Splash for the Cash raised $6,700 for the conservancy’s river cleanup program, Ashe Post & Times previously reported.

“After seeing the success of the annual event in North Carolina, the 2019 Splash for the Cash will be held in both North Carolina and Virginia,” Summer said. “The splash is an awesome opportunity for folks to give back to the river, while spending time on it as well.”

According to NRC Restoration Director Chelsea Blount, Splash for the Cash helps enable the conservancy to fund volunteer New River cleanup initiatives, such as an effort that pulled 55 tires and 20 bags of trash out of the New on Monday, July 8, thanks to 11 volunteers from The Hotel Tavern, plus cooperation from River House Inn & Restaurant and a dumpster provided by Ashe County Environmental Services.

“River cleanups are community-driven and community funded, and we can’t do this work without local support,” Blount said. “Splash for the Cash is our chance to raise money for river cleanup efforts for the entire year.”

To begin fundraising, register for the float and for more information, go online to https://www.crowdrise.com/o/en/campaign/2019-splash-for-the-cash.

Rich said questions about Splash for the Cash can be directed to her by email via summer@newriverconservancy.org.

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