April 27, 2016, Owosso, MI - The Friends of the Shiawassee River joined members of the Owosso Rotary Club in Harmon Patridge Park this afternoon to unveil the latest Adopt-A-River sign. The Owosso Rotary became the latest sponsor of the Friends’ Adopt-A-River program, which offers businesses and non-profit service organizations the opportunity to help care for specific stretches of the Shiawassee River in collaboration with the Friends.
"The Owosso Rotary Club is proud to support the work of the Friends,” said Owosso Rotary President Paul Cook. “The Shiawassee River is a key asset for both our community and the region."
“The Friends organization is so appreciative of the continued support of the Owosso Rotarians,” added Lauri Elbing, the Friends’ Executive Director. “In addition to their generous financial gift through the Adopt-A-River program, they have also devoted many hours of volunteer service caring for the River. Their members have been a part of our annual River Clean-Up every year since the very first one twenty years ago – specifically targeting the Harmon Patridge section each of those years.”
The Rotarians dedication to Harmon Patridge Park and this section of the Shiawassee goes beyond the River Clean-up and Adopt-A-River programs. Last year, Owosso Rotary received a grant from Rotary District 6310 to host an Earth Day event at the Park that involved tree planting and a Friends’ Stream Team demonstration.
"We are truly committed to caring for the Shiawassee River and we want to promote its use by paddlers, anglers, and users of Harmon Patridge Park," Cook said. “This collaboration is more than just about raising money. It’s part of a strategy to help raise awareness of the River and the many ways folks can enjoy it.”
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.