Volunteers needed to clean litter from Rogue River

We need local citizens to band together to tackle litter in the Rogue River. The Kent Conservation District and Trout Unlimited, through the Rogue River Home Rivers Initiative project, are working together to conduct a stream cleanup on the Rogue River on Saturday, September 7.

Garbage along stream banks is not only unsightly, but it also can be harmful to wildlife. Many plants and animals depend on access to the water for survival. Waste can prevent animals from reaching what they need. Sometimes animals can confuse garbage for food or a suitable home.

Waste enters a stream in a number of ways. Storm drains collect storm water from our neighborhoods, parking lots and other public areas, and this water is not treated before it reaches our local waterways. This means that garbage that ends up in a storm drain is washed directly to our streams and rivers. Litter from recreational use and sometimes intentional dumping also pollutes our water resources.

You can help by volunteering a few hours of your time to collect garbage above and below the Rockford dam on canoe, kayak, or on foot. Money and gifts from the Department of Environmental Quality and local businesses will be used for canoe/kayak rentals, volunteer giveaways, and a free lunch. The Kent Conservation District will also be screening drinking water well samples for free. The cleanup will be held on Saturday, September 7 from 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Please meet at Richardson Sowerby Park in Rockford. This event will be held rain or shine so please dress appropriately for the weather conditions. Feel free to bring your family to help with this effort!

For more information visit www.kentconservation.org.If you are interested in attending please contact Nichol De Mol at 231-557-6362 or ndemol@tu.org.

 

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