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Merrimack Valley

March 14, 2014

Local company donation helps Merrimack River cleanup effort

METHUEN — A local company has donated $15,000 toward the cause of keeping the Merrimack River clean.

Stanley Supply and Services of North Andover donated the money to the Clean River Project which will use it to build a new boat to transport cleanup volunteers to different spots along the river. It will also be used as an educational tour boat.

"The Merrimack River impacts the health of not just our customers but also our employees. They drink, swim, bathe in that water. It makes sense for us to want to help keep it clean," said Sue-Ann Dunlop, human resource generalist for Stanley Supply and Services. The company is a supplier of products for assembling, testing and repairing electronic equipment.

"We are very active in removing trash from the river," said Rocky Morrison, founder of the nonprofit Clean River Project. "I don't think people realize that the river is like a conveyor belt. There is always trash moving down it."

The Merrimack River is the main drinking source for residents of the Merrimack Valley.

Morrison called the donation especially generous.

"Usually a company will say they will donate and give a small sum of money but they gave everything we needed to fund this project which is amazing," he said.

"I can't thank them enough," he added.

Dunlop said last year employees of Stanley Supply and Services volunteered to clean the river one morning with the Clean River Project.

"It was wonderful. There were 23 of us and we took two tons of trash out of the river. It was mind blowing. I couldn't believe we removed that much trash in one morning," she said. "We developed a bond with the Clean River Project."

Currently, the company does have one tour boat, however, the new one being built in the spring will be able to hold more people and will be handicap accessible.

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