Participating in Watarase Drainage Basin Cleanup Operation
On Saturday, April 16, a total of 249 Sanoh Group employees and their families participated as volunteers in the Watarase Drainage Basin cleanup operation. The Watarase Drainage Basin cleanup operation is an annual event held every April and organized by the Tonegawa River Upstream Users Association. This is the 16th year of the cleanup operations, and Sanoh has been participating since the very first year.
The Watarase Drainage Basin, which spans across the four prefectures of Ibaraki, Tochigi, Gunma, and Saitama, is the largest drainage basin in Japan, and it has been a designated wetland site under the Ramsar Convention since July 2012. The vast reed beds are home to a great variety of plant life, wild birds, insects, and fish, and the basin attracts many visitors all year round.
In an effort to preserve this rich natural environment, this year’s cleanup operation was carried out at 7 different sites in 6 different municipalities around the basin. In the city of Koga, Ibaraki prefecture, where Sanoh is located, 2,260 people from 100 local companies and government organizations took part and collected a total of 5.5 tons of trash.