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The date is set for the annual Patchogue River Cleanup

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Protecting the Environment in Patchogue Committee (PEP), the National Park Service, the Village of Patchogue, the Greater Patchogue Foundation, Drift 82 and other Patchogue River businesses are coming together for their sixth annual Patchogue River Cleanup as part of National Public Lands Day.

The event is scheduled for Sunday, Sept. 25, from 10 a.m. to noon. The public is welcome to join.

Organizers will kick off the cleanup at Patchogue’s Watch Hill Ferry Terminal, providing information about the day’s activities, cleanup locations, and supplies. Volunteers can pre-register at www.volunteer.gov and search for “Patchogue River Cleanup,” or register in person at the event.

National Public Lands Day unites hundreds of thousands of volunteers from around the country in maintaining their public lands and making them a better place.

Following the volunteer cleanup, there will be a celebration at Drift 82 from noon-4 p.m., where participants and the public are invited to partake in Drift’s Mac-N-Cheese Challenge and enjoy live music, raffles, education tables and vendors.

Proceeds from the Mac-N-Cheese Challenge will benefit next year’s Patchogue River Cleanup and the town’s first-ever Patchogue Eco-Fair, which is set for April 2023.

For more information about the event, you can contact Kaetlyn Jackson at 631.645.7708 or Kaetlyn.jackson@gmail.com.

Top photo: Volunteers cleaning up Patchogue River at the 2019 clean-up. Photo courtesy of Fire Island National Seashore/Facebook