Group plans area cleanup

HERKIMER – Keep Mohawk Valley Beautiful was scheduled to announce at a news conference today the launch of the 16th annual Great American Cleanup.

KMVB is a six-county consortium – including Fulton and Montgomery counties -which works to create sustainable communities that are socially connected, environmentally healthy and economically sound, a news release said.

KMVB is an affiliate of Keep America Beautiful and represents the Mohawk Valley Regional Economic Development Council target area.

Keep America Beautiful’ s Great American Cleanup is the country’s largest community improvement program that kicks off each spring and engages more than 4 million volunteers in more than 20,000 communities nationwide.

“We intend to have local volunteers in the six-county Mohawk Valley Region take action to work on beautifying and cleaning areas along the canal and other waterways, parks, recreations areas and streets,” Bob Albrecht, chairman of the KMVB Board of Directors, said in the release.

Albrecht said volunteers will record their hours on the Mohawk Valley Regional Volunteer Center. Recorded volunteer hours have value that can be used by KMVB member organizations as matching funds in grant applications, the release said.

“KMVB members, working together on projects like the Great American Cleanup or community gardens or recycling or beautification can earn grant dollars,” Albrecht said in the release. “Imagine the change we can make.”