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Next Sugar River cleanup May 21
Justin Everson of the Green County River Rats works to help clear a huge log jam under a trestle bridge on the Sugar River Trail at the 2021 Sugar River Cleanup.

ALBANY — The Lake Winnetka Sugar River Improvement Association Inc. will hold its annual Sugar River cleanup from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 21 in Albany. 

The group will meet at the Albany American Legion Hall, 300 N Water St., across from the Boat Ramp near the Police/Fire station. The goal is to remove as much garbage as possible from the river and its banks. The group also wants to clear a path through fallen trees that totally block navigation of canoes and create hazards. 

The type of work varies from walking the banks or riding in canoes and picking up trash to cutting tree branches and handing them to people on shore. Equipment needed is canoes or small boats, chain saws, bow saws and waders. The association will provide trash bags and local businesses will provide food and refreshments. 

The event will get organized at 9 a.m. and begin cleaning up at 10 a.m. or sooner, however, a representative will be on-premise at the Albany American Legion to direct those who want to come later. The clean-up is registered with the American Rivers National River Cleanup. Scout groups can earn community service points by helping out.

Contact the group for more information by e-mail at; or on Facebook at; or call 608-862-1698 or 773-418-7123. Leave a message including return name and phone number.

Food and refreshments will be served to all volunteers as a token of appreciation.