Saint Clare's Leads Successful Rockaway River Cleanup Day
September 16, 2010
Saint Clare’s Health System recently partnered with the Township of Denville to lead residents of our community on its second annual Rockaway River Cleanup Day. Over 100 volunteers contributed to the successful event on September 11, 2010, removing 345 tires and a significant amount of other debris from the Rockaway River that surrounds the Saint Clare’s Health System campus.
Joining in the environmental cleanup of the Rockaway River were about 60 Saint Clare’s colleagues as well as Christ the King Congregation members, Denville residents, and individuals from various township committees.
“The event of 9/11/10 was not just another cleanup. It was an extraordinary event and an exceptional effort on the part of so many. Certainly not the least of which was our own St. Clare’s Hospital,” said Ted Hussa, Mayor of Denville, noting that it was the largest one-day cleanup of the Rockaway River.
Regular river cleanups are critical to remove layers of rubbish and soil retention, ultimately helping to prevent excess flood waters from overflowing the riverbank when a flood event occurs. A single tire, depending on its size, can cause up to 27 cubic feet of dirt, sand and muck to be held in place as it settles in the riverway; shopping carts, refrigerators, televisions, oil tanks, sinks, vacuums, bikes, and matresses are some of the additional non-native items found in the Rockaway River that contribute to soil retention, clogging, and – ultimately – flooding.
“The cleanup that occurred this past Saturday was very significant because of the sheer volume of tires and other debris that were removed. Think of all the trapped soil and muck that was dislodged by our work. It is significant. It has made a very positive impact on flooding in town,” Hussa said.
We are pleased to share this news of how Saint Clare’s is leading the community in caring for our surroundings and the environment – another way that Saint Clare’s is Turning Promise Into Practice.
Ted Hussa, Mayor of Denville (left), and Leslie D. Hirsch, Saint Clare’s President and Chief Executive Officer, address volunteers at the Rockaway River Cleanup Day event.
Volunteers removed 345 tires and a significant amount of other debris from the Rockaway River that surrounds the Saint Clare’s Health System campus.