Environmental Advocate Cleaning Malden River One Paddle-Stroke At A Time

A "trash trap" used to collect free-floating garbage in the Malden River. Photo: James Rojas/WBZ NewsRadio

MALDEN, Mass. (WBZ NewsRadio) — The Malden River can be a dirty place to be this time of year. Environmental advocate Karen Buck, President of Friends of the Malden River, is cleaning it up.

The river's trash trap, installed by the Friends and several of their partners, does a good job at catching most of the trash — but not all of it. That's where Buck comes in.

She kayaks and paddle-boards down the Malden River at this time of year with a trash bag in-hand, and picks up the garbage by hand.

"The spring is probably the dirtiest time on the river, but on the other hand, the vegetation is low so everything is easily accessible," Buck said. "Then we'll have the summer and fall to enjoy a clean river."

Buck's work was recently featured by Turnaround Films.

"Every small bit helps," she said.

She will have the Tufts University Rowing Club joining her on April 3, working alongside Friends of the Malden River and the Mystic River Watershed Association.

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