Volunteers sought for Bass Island cleanup in Manchester this weekendBy MARK HAYWARD
New Hampshire Union Leader
September 06. 2018 11:36PM
MANCHESTER — A West Side activist has organized a cleanup this Saturday of Bass Island and the mouth of the Piscataquog River, the first time in 20 years that the area has received some tender loving care.
The clean up is scheduled for 9 a.m. to noon, and volunteers are urged to meet at Bass Island Park, which is off Second Street.
Jane Beaulieu, a state representative who lives in the area, said she organized the cleanup with the Piscataquog River Local Advisory Committee, which she is a member of, and city parks officials.
The river meanders through several towns west of Manchester, cuts through the Wide Side and enters the Merrimack River at Bass Island. The small island used to be the site of a large amusement park but is now best known for a dog park and small city park off Second Street.
Its visibility has improved somewhat with the Piscataquog River Trail, which runs through the West Side and connects to the Manchester Riverwalk.
“I would say most people don’t know where the Piscatquog River is, except for people who enjoy the trail,” Beaulieu said.
The river offers a quiet area and riparian habitat in a densely populated part of the city. When the city completed the separation of West Side stormwater and and sanitary sewers several years ago, the water quality improved tremendously, Beaulieu said.
Beaulieu expects volunteers will be pulling out bicycles, shopping carts, tires and other trash. Volunteers should bring thick waterproof gloves, tall rubber boots and garden tools if they have them.
The advisory committee plans to have information up about the river available throughout the morning. Beaulieu said lunch will be provided for the volunteers.