Shiawassee River Cleanup

Shiawassee County Health Department

Contact: Larry Johnson, Health Director

Phone: (989) 743-2392

 

Friends of the Shiawassee River

CONTACT: Lorraine Austin, Executive Director

PHONE: (989) 723-9062

 

NEWS RELEASE

22st Annual Shiawassee River Cleanup and Tire Collection to be held on July 29th

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July 17, 2017 - OWOSSO, MI. — People who love the Shiawassee River have much to celebrate in July. The Friends of the Shiawassee River, in collaboration with the Shiawassee County Health Department, will be hosting their 22nd annual Shiawassee River Cleanup and Tire Collection on Saturday, July 29th – and everyone interested in pitching in is welcome to join the fun.  There will be prizes for the most unique items to be pulled from the river and all event volunteers will receive a free t-shirt and lunch.  Event organizers ask that those interested in attending register at ShiawasseeRiver.org/calendar.

Saturday, July 29h

22nd Annual Shiawassee River Cleanup

9:00 am to 12:00 pm

Volunteers meet at one of the following locations by 9:00 am: 

  1. Owosso – Oakwood Street Bridge (behind Little League fields)
  2. Corunna – McCurdy Park (near footbridge over the river)
  3. Vernon – Crawford Park

NOTE: The Cleanup will be rescheduled for August 12th in the event of inclement weather. 

Cleanup Volunteer Appreciation Lunch

12:00 pm – 1:30 pm

Mitchell Amphitheater

219 N Water Street, Owosso, MI 48867

(located on the grounds of Owosso Middle School)

All Cleanup Volunteers will receive a free t-shirt and lunch.

 The 2017 Annual Cleanup is generously supported by Waste Management, Oster Manufacturing (Owosso), J & S Tire (Owosso), Matador’s Pizza (Byron and Morrice), Mancino’s (Owosso), Cheff’s Canoe Rental (Vernon), Hankerd’s Sportswear (Owosso) and The Bagelman (Owosso).

 “Thanks to the commitment of our volunteers and generous event sponsors, more than 700 tires and hundreds of pounds of garbage and debris have been removed from the river since our first cleanup more than 20 years ago” said Larry Johnson, Director of the Shiawassee County Health Department.  “This event is a great way for the community to come together and care for one of our greatest natural treasures, the Shiawassee River.  By caring for the river, we’re providing recreational opportunities for the public and ensuring a healthy habitat for aquatic life.”

 In 1996, the Friends of the Shiawassee River was founded by a group of individuals who wanted to continue the work of Owosso resident, Jim Miner. In the 1970's, Miner organized some of the first volunteer river cleanup events in Owosso. These events inspired a generation of river stewards, and ultimately the formation of the Friends.

 Cleanup Volunteers can choose to assist with the cleanup in the river and parks, or paddle stretches of the river via canoe and search for tires. Volunteers should wear old clothes and shoes so that they can walk in the river. Tires collected from the river by volunteers will be recycled free of charge, courtesy of the Shiawassee County Health Department.  Community members who wish to recycle old tires (not from the river) can bring them to the Shiawassee County Road Commission on July 29th, from 8 a.m. until 12:00 p.m.  Tires will be accepted for a fee of $2 per car/truck tire without rims, and $3 for tires with a rim.  Semi-truck tires will be accepted for a fee of $5 each without a rim, and $10 dollars for each tire with a rim.  No tractor tires will be accepted.  Arrangements for advance tire donation and storage can be made by calling Shiawassee County Health Department  at (989) 743-2392.

 For more information about this event, contact the Friends of the Shiawassee River at ShiawasseeRiver.org,  on the Friends’ Facebook page, by calling (989) 723-9062, or sending an email to info@shiawasseeriver.org.  The Shiawassee County Health Department can be contacted by calling (989) 743-2392, or by visiting their website, http://health.shiawassee.net/Environmental-Health.  The Health Department is also on Facebook.

 For an unprecedented eleventh consecutive year, the Shiawassee County Health Department and the Friends have received grant funding from the Department of Environmental Quality and the Great Lakes Commission Volunteer River, Stream and Creek Cleanup program. The funds will support ongoing efforts to improve the health of the Shiawassee River and its surrounding natural resources through events such as the annual Shiawassee River Cleanup and tire collection.

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 The mission of the Shiawassee County Health Department is to prevent disease, protect the health of the public and enhance the quality of life for Shiawassee County residents by providing information and services.  The Environmental Health Division’s broad objective is to provide a means of safeguarding the environment.  This is necessary for the health and welfare of the users and all other persons in Shiawassee County. 

 The Friends of the Shiawassee River is 501©3 nonprofit organization governed by a local board of directors and supported by a dedicated group of volunteers and generous donors.  The mission of the Friends is to help the community Care, Share, and Enjoy the Shiawassee River.  The Friends are committed to improving the environment, promoting the responsible use of, and enhancing the appreciation of the River throughout its watershed.

 


Owosso Rotary Adopt-A-River

OWOSSO ROTARY RENEWS
FRIENDS’ ADOPT-A-RIVER SPONSORSHIP

 

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 The Friends of the Shiawassee River organization is proud to announce that the Owosso Rotary Club has renewed their $1,000 Adopt-A-River sponsorship.  The Adopt-A-River program offers businesses and non-profit/service organizations the opportunity to help care for specific stretches of the River in collaboration with the Friends.  This Friends/Rotary partnership was celebrated with a photo session with John Oliver, President of Owosso Rotary Club (left), and Nick Tereck, Vice President of the Friends of the Shiawassee River and Rotarian member (right).

“The Owosso Rotary Club is pleased to continue its support of the Friends of the Shiawassee Adopt-A-River program,” said John Oliver, Owosso Rotary Club President.  “This is a great opportunity to give back to the community through helping to improve the quality of the river.”

And although the Adopt-A-River partnership may be a fairly new endeavor for these two organizations, they have been collaborating since 1996.

“In addition to their generous financial gift through the Adopt-A-River program, the Rotarians have also devoted many hours of volunteer service caring for the River,” added Lorraine Austin, the Friends’ Executive Director.  “Their members have been a part of our annual River Cleanup every year since the very first one – specifically targeting the Harmon Patridge section each of those years.”

“The participation of community groups like Rotary makes it possible for the Friends to meet their mission to care for the Shiawassee,” said Friends’ President Tom Cook.  “We appreciate the help from Rotary, other community groups, and our many Friends throughout the watershed.”

Funds generated by the Adopt-A-River program are used by the Friends to support water quality monitoring Stream Teams, their annual River Clean-Up, paddling events, educational outreach, and other Friends’ efforts.  Businesses can become Adopt-A-River sponsors for a commitment of $2,000 a year for two years.  Non-profit/service organizations can become sponsors for $1,000 a year for two years - with a pledge to help maintain their stretch of the River.    


2016 Accomplishments


FRIENDS' ANNUAL MEETING

JOIN FRIENDS AT THE 2017 ANNUAL MEETING AND CELEBRATION

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Join us for a fun filled evening at Wrought Iron Grill! 

Dinner with Friends begins at 6pm. The Annual Meeting begins at 7pm.

Spots fill up fast so don't forget to RSVP here!

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New App Connects People to Outdoor Fun

Be sure to download the awesome new Parks and Recreation app for Shiawassee County! It's FREE and available from your App Store. Check out the hidden gems of Shiawassee County!

You can find everything from parks, golf courses, trails, campgrounds, river access, health/workout centers and much more!  

Thank you, Larry Johnson, Directory of the Shiawassee County Health Department - Environmental Health Division and the the Shiawassee County Board of Commissioners for approving this app using Waste Management - Venice Park corporate donation money.  

CLICK HERE to go to the apple store or search your store using the term "Shiawassee County" to find this cool app. 


Friends Purchase First HQ: Seeking Remodel Assistance

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Friends HQ House Party
Monday, October 24, 2016
Noon to 2:00 PM
538 N. Shiawassee Street
Corunna, MI
RSVP at (989) 723-9062 or Info@ShiawasseeRiver.org
Maybe you already heard the great news at the Wine Tasting Celebration, but the Friends have taken a major step forward.  We purchased a house next to the dam in Corunna, and will be converting it into our office and meeting place, complete with storage space and amazing public visibility.
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Final Part of Michigan’s Water Strategy Released Today in Owosso

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Jon Allan, Director of the Office of the Great Lakes, thanked the Friends for their exemplary work with volunteer water quality monitoring.

Way to go Stream Teams!

The Friends were honored to host Director Allan for the release of the final portion of the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality's Water Strategy. The State Water Strategy focuses on monitoring systems, community engagement, and shared governance.

"Water literacy, community engagement, and integrated monitoring systems will help create a vision of healthier ecosystems, improved resource management, and increasing stewardship of Michigan’s globally unique water resources.”  

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It's River Bug Sampling Time Again!

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BECOME A CITIZEN SCIENTIST FOR A DAY! 

Join the Friends as we explore the Shiawassee River and collect samples of the aquatic bugs that live there to learn more about the health of our river. 


CLICK HERE TO SIGN UP & JOIN A TEAM

Why are we doing this?  Because river bugs live in the river 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and are a good indicator of our river's health. Did you know that the types, quantity and diversity of aquatic macroinvertebrates (river bugs) collected at a testing site lets us assign a four-point water quality rating. We collect that information twice a year and the more years we collect that data the better able we will be to see health trends.

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Congratulations Tim Berry, 2016 Kayak Raffle Winner!

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The Friends are thrilled to announce the winners of the 2016 Kayak Raffle.

Tim Berry, from Owosso, is the proud owner of the cherry red Sojourn 134 Hurricane kayak.  Mr Berry bought the winning raffle ticket from Bob Dumond; a gentleman who seems to be a good luck charm himself. For the second year in a row, Bob sold the winning Kayak Raffle ticket.

"It's the biggest thing I've ever won in my life," said Tim Berry, winner of the 2016 Kayak Raffle. "I'll buy a ticket next year -- from Bob of course!"  

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ARGUS PRESS MONDAY SPOTLIGHT: Johnson’s dedication to river encompasses decades

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CORUNNA — This week, Keith Johnson will put on his waders and do what he’s done every summer since 1969: help clean up an area he considers home.

The Friends of the Shiawassee River organization is scheduled to host its 21st Annual River Cleanup Saturday, but Johnson has been involved in volunteering to beautify the area much longer than the event has been around.

Click here to read more about the 2016 River Cleanup

For Johnson, who served as mayor of Corunna in the 1980s and has been a part of “just about every board in the city that you can imagine,” the effort is about friendship and community — giving back to an area that has given back to him.

“I feel like I owe this community something,” said Johnson, 73, a Corunna High School graduate. “This is home.”

Johnson’s interest in serving the community was actually sparked several thousand miles away, in Vietnam, where he served as a sergeant in the 1st Cavalry Division of the U.S. Army in the mid-1960s. At the time, he said, the general of his outfit had a pet project of rebuilding refugee villages there.

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2016 Wine-Tasting Celebration Fundraiser

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Annual Wine-Tasting Celebration Fundraiser

Thursday, September 15th

5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Owosso Country Club

Click here for more details and to purchase your tickets today! 

Join your friends, family, colleagues and neighbors for a good cause and a great time!

With special thanks to our generous event sponsors for their continued support:

The Schluckebier/Hood Wealth Management Group of Wells Fargo Advisors, LLC

Young Buick GMC  |  Main Beverage Company  |  Oster Manufacturing Company


River Cleanup Cancelled due to Thunderstorms

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*** NOTICE ***

RIVER CLEANUP CANCELED DUE TO THUNDERSTORMS


You would think Mother Nature would be more cooperative with our plans, but for the second time we need to call off the River Cleanup. Thunderstorms are predicted all day. We will always put your safety first, so go back to bed and enjoy the storms. 

We do need to get our river cleaned up before October 31st, so if you or your organization would like to work with us to organize and schedule mini-cleanups at parks and along stretches of the river, please get in touch with Larry Johnson and I at your earliest convenience.

Thank you so much for your enthusiasm, your patience and understanding, and most of all....thank you for being such a great Friend!


Friends' 20th Birthday Party Fun & Festive!

IMG_3032.JPGWe had a fabulous party with over 40 Friends at Mitchell Amphitheater in Owosso on Saturday to celebrate the people, the friendships and all the work we have accomplished together.

Thank you so much to the Cook Family Foundation - Shiawassee County Nonprofit Capacity Building Program for sponsoring the Friends 20th Birthday Party! This program has helped our family of nonprofits become strong, stable and more collaborative, including the Friends of the Shiawassee River.  As we deepen our partnerships with communities, businesses, schools and organizations along the full 120 mile length of the river - from the headwaters in Holly to Chesaning and St. Charles -  NOW is a great time to become a member of the Friends. 

Membership with Friends of the Shiawassee River supports our work to sustain and improve a healthy clean river, promote local communities' economic and recreation connections to the river, and share information, science and stewardship opportunities. Become a member today and join our fun and growing team of awesome Friends! 

Click here to Become a Member

CLICK HERE to VOLUNTEER SATURDAY, AUGUST 13th, for the 21st Annual River Cleanup & Volunteer Appreciation Lunch

All Cleanup Volunteers will receive a free t-shirt and lunch!


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Thunderstorms and high water forced the postponement (to August 13) of the Annual Cleanup, but over 40 Friends showed up to celebrate and enjoy a piece of delicious birthday cake.

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If you were at the Birthday Party, please tag yourself and your friends on our 20th Birthday Party Facebook Album.


Cleanup Postponed, BUT Birthday Party Still on at NOON

***IMPORTANT NOTICE***

DUE TO WEATHER, TODAY'S ANNUAL RIVER CLEANUP  POSTPONED UNTIL SATURDAY AUGUST 13TH


 BIRTHDAY PARTY STILL ON - SEE YOU AT MITCHELL AMPHITHEATER AT NOON

Weather forecasts say that skies will be clearing later this morning, but the chance of lightning will exist until after 10 a.m. That's a risk we will not take.  The flow in the river has also doubled.  For safety's sake, we are postponing the clean-up until August 13th. All the day's detail are the same.  

The 20th Birthday Party must go on....We have cake!  We hope to see you all at the Mitchell Amphitheater in Owosso today at noon to celebrate the people, the friendships and all the work we have accomplished together.  

Friends' 20th Birthday Celebration 
12:00 pm – 1:00 pm 
Mitchell Amphitheater 
219 N Water Street in Owosso

(located on the grounds of Owosso Middle School)


2016 Annual Shiawassee River Cleanup and Friends 20th Birthday Party

RitaJSTireStrongWomanCleanUp2015.JPGPeople who love the Shiawassee River have much to celebrate in July. The Friends of the Shiawassee River (Friends) is turning 20 years old and for an unprecedented ninth consecutive year, the Shiawassee County Health Department and the Friends have received grant funding from the Department of Environmental Quality and the Great Lakes Commission Volunteer River, Stream and Creek Cleanup program. The funds will support ongoing efforts to improve the health of the Shiawassee River and its surrounding natural resources through events such as the annual Shiawassee River Cleanup and tire collection. Everyone interested in pitching in on the River Cleanup is welcome to join the fun. All Cleanup volunteers will receive a free t-shirt and lunch. Register to volunteer at ShiawasseeRiver.org/calendar


 2016 Annual Shiawassee River Cleanup

9:00 am to 12:00 pm

Volunteers meet at one of the following locations by 9:00 am.  Click on the link to Register:

1. Corunna: McCurdy Park

2. Owosso: Oakwood Park at Oakwood Avenue Bridge (behind baseball fields)

NOTE: The Cleanup will be rescheduled for August 13th in the event of inclement weather.

 

Cleanup Volunteer Appreciation Lunch & Friends 20th Birthday Celebration

12:00 pm – 1:30 pm

Mitchell Amphitheater

219 N Water Street, Owosso, MI 48867

(located on the grounds of Owosso Middle School)

All Cleanup Volunteers will receive a free t-shirt and lunch.

 

 The 2016 Annual Cleanup is generously supported by the following sponsors: 

 J & S Tire (Owosso)
Oster Manufacturing Company (Owosso)
Johnny V’s Smokehouse (Corunna)
Owosso Graphic Arts
Matador’s Pizza (Byron)
Mancino’s (Owosso)
Cheff’s Canoe Rental (Vernon)
The Bagelman (Owosso)
Shiawassee County Health Department
Waste Management
Great Lakes Commission

THANK YOU! 

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