Riverfest aims to increase interest in Mahoning cleanup

Riverfest aims to increase interest in Mahoning cleanup


The Friends of the Mahoning River hope that Riverfest will help renew public interest in cleaning up the Mahoning River.

The group organized Riverfest, in conjunction with the Artists of the Rust Belt Artober event. Both events are Saturday at the B&O Station, 530 Mahoning Ave.

Riverfest runs from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., beginning with a bird watching session and followed by displays, demonstrations and live entertainment.

The group, formed about a year ago, has a long-term goal of completely cleaning the contaminated sediment and removing six of the Mahoning River’s eight dams. The group also is focused on educating the public about the river and the benefits a cleanup could create.

Patricia Natali, a member of Friends of the Mahoning, said the Riverfest event is the membership’s latest way of spreading their cause.

Natali the event will be a great opportunity for Mahoning Valley residents to learn about the river and the group’s cleanup efforts, as well as talk with representatives from groups like the Audubon Society, Youngstown State University and the Mill Creek MetroParks.

“It’s free, and it’s going to be fun and something for the whole family to participate in,” Matali said. “It’s one way to get people back down and in touch with the river. Hopefully once we bring awareness we’ll get local support for our projects.”

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