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WEST HAVEN, April 22, 2021 — (Pictured): Public Works Commissioner Tom J. McCarthy holds a trash bag while Mayor Nancy R. Rossi disposes of a plastic bucket found in a marsh off Spring Street during the city’s Earth Day cleanup Thursday, April 22.
The grassroots cleanup, organized by the Department of Public Works and local developer The Smyrna Group, targeted the south side of Spring Street, which connects West Haven and New Haven along the marshes that lead to Long Island Sound.
Also pitching in for the effort were Rossi’s executive assistant, Louis P. Esposito Jr.; Councilman Robert Bruneau, D-9; Ernie Chiarelli, the Public Works Department’s project coordinator and sidewalk inspector; and Smyrna representatives.
Volunteers picked up rubbish in the marshland and placed it into trash bags provided by public works. The department also provided a front-end loader and dump truck to remove the bags.
Bruneau, who owns Bruneau’s Garage in West Haven, provided a tow truck to drag rubber tires and wooden railroad ties from the water.
Spring Street was closed to traffic throughout the cleanup.
According to McCarthy, a broad swath of debris — plastics, TVs and tires, as well as plastic foam products — has collected in the canals that feed the West River, which empties into the Sound.
The area is home to a wide array of wildlife, including a family of swans.
(City Photo/Michael P. Walsh)
Tow truck operator Robert Bruneau, the owner of Bruneau’s Garage in West Haven, pulls several tires from the water off Spring Street as part of the city’s Earth Day cleanup. Bruneau is councilman of the 9th District. (City Photo/Michael P. Walsh)