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Councillors seek to clean up Malden River

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  Ward 7 Councillor Christopher Simonelli and City Council President/Councillor-at-Large Craig Spadafora took a boat ride around the Malden River last Friday morning to see how they can help clean it up. The Clean River Project Environmental Patrol will come up with a budget proposal and submit it to the City Council within a few weeks.

  “It’s a breath of fresh air,” said Ward 7 Councillor Christopher Simonelli, who took a boat along the river for the first time. “We should remove the trash, so it doesn’t harm fish, geese, squirrels, raccoons and ducks, who drink from that water.”

  The cost varies from $30,000 to $50,000 and can come from grant money, according to Clean River Project Executive Director Rocky Morrison.

Pictured from left to right are Clean River Project Fleet Manager Kevin Gingras, Ward 7 Councillor Christopher Simonelli, City Council President Craig Spadafora, Clean River Project Executive Director Rocky Morrison, Clean River Project Office Manager Sandi Drakoulakos and WinnResidential Senior Maintenance Supervisor Timothy McMahon. They took a boat ride along the Malden River last Friday morning.
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Old bottles on an embankment (Advocate photos by Tara Vocino)
Clean River Project staff regularly clean up water bottles, propane tanks, tires, televisions and shopping carts along the shoreline. Local police enforce illegal dumping.
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The Mystic River Watershed Association and the city installed this trash trap to catch litter.
Homeless people sleep under the Medford Street bridge.

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