As part of the Blackstone River Watershed-Wide Cleanup effort on April 13, a group of volunteers gathered at Hopedale Pond to remove litter that had collected along the shore over the winter. The volunteers also found larger debris tossed in the Parklands. Three of the volunteers were high school students from neighboring towns. Don Howes from the Hopedale Park Commission was also part of the effort. The watershed cleanup was organized by the Blackstone River Valley National Heritage Corridor in partnership with the Blackstone River Watershed Association and the Blackstone River Watershed Council/Friends of the Blackstone. To learn about more volunteer opportunities with these organizations, visit BlackstoneHeritageCorridor.org, thebrwa.org, and blackstoneriver.org.