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Monday, April 11, 2011

New Haven river keeper to be honored

NEW HAVEN – Longtime city river keeper Peter Davis will be honored Wednesday for his 25 years of keeping New Haven’s rivers clean.

The event will be at 5 p.m. at the New Haven Free Public Library, 133 Elm St. It is being sponsored by the Connecticut Fund for the Environment and its program, Save the Sound.

Curt Johnson, program director and senior attorney for the organization, said the purpose of the event is to recognize Davis for his “remarkable job of keeping our rivers clean for a quarter century.”

Davis, 55, is an employee of the Department of Parks, Recreation and Trees going back more than a decade. Before that, he volunteered his time to clean the rivers and streams of New Haven. Over the years, Davis has pulled everything from shopping carts and sofas and thousands of bottles and boxes out of local waterways.

In the file photo: City Parks and Recreation worker David Burgess, left, and his counselor Mike Priore clean up the garbage that runs into Beaver Pond in New Haven from the storm drains throughout the city.

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