6:00 PM EDT, June 17, 2014
To the Editor:
We would like to say "thank you" to everyone who came out for the 24th Annual Mattaponi and Pamunkey River Stewardship Day on Saturday, June 7. Over one hundred thirty-five people participated in cleaning up the rivers and in learning more about our river resources through educational activities at Sandy Point State Forest. Participants in the clean up worked from several sites along both rivers using boats, canoes and kayaks, while walking crews covered the boat landings and around the bridges. The marsh walk, hike to an eagle's nest, seining and marsh paddle trip were led by volunteers from the Mattaponi and Pamunkey Rivers Association, the Virginia Department of Forestry and the Extension Service. Thanks to everyone who helped.
Thanks also go to Vicki Underwood for organizing the picnic for our volunteers and to Billy Moore of All Stewed Up Catering for providing the great food. And a very special "thank you" goes to Dick Campbell for the use of his fantastic place on the Mattaponi River for this annual event.
Also, we would like to thank all the sponsors who supported this year's event by donating money, food and door prizes. Without their support, River Stewardship Day would not be possible. This year's sponsors were: Mattaponi & Pamunkey Rivers Association; 360 Hardware; All Stewed Up Catering; Aylett Tire, Inc.; C & F Bank; Country Courier; Darrell's Bait and Tackle; Divin' Off The Dock; Dominion Virginia Power; Endfield Nursery, Inc.; Engel Family Farms; Essex Concrete Corporation/ Aylett Sand & Gravel, Inc.; EVB; F & M Marine; Garden Club of the Middle Peninsula; Henicheck Enterprises; Ice Cream Connection; King & Queen County; King William Pharmacy/RadioShack; NewMarket Corporation; Pamunkey Indian Tribe; Rainbow Acres Campground; Rappahannock Electric Cooperative; ReMax Commonwealth Realty; Rozell's Marine Service; Schools & Barnett; Scott's Store; Southern States-King William; The Nature Conservancy-Virginia Chapter; The Supply Room Companies; Three Rivers Soil & Water Conservation District; Town of West Point; Tucker's Recreation Park, LLC; USW Local 8-467; Walton Construction Company; and West Point Pharmacy, Inc.Long stretches of the rivers have gotten cleaner over the years, but there will always be more work to be done.
However, due to everyone's efforts, we are making a difference on our beautiful local waterways, and the river clean-up and educational activities are raising awareness of the incredible river resources we have in our community.
Thanks to everyone for a job well done.
MPRA River Stewardship Day Coordinator
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