April 29, 2019 - OWOSSO, MI. —The Friends of the Shiawassee River (Friends) and the Shiawassee County Health Department, for an unprecedented twelfth consecutive year, 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.
Saturday, July 27th
24th Annual Shiawassee River Cleanup
9:00 am to 12:00 pm
Volunteers meet at one of the following locations by 9:00 am:
Vernon: Vernon Canoe Launch (just over the tracks, to the west of Crawford Park)
NOTE: The Cleanup will be rescheduled for August 10th in the event of inclement weather.
Cleanup Volunteer Appreciation Lunch
12:00 pm – 1:30 pm
All Cleanup volunteers will receive a free t-shirt and lunch.
“Thanks to the commitment of our volunteers and generous event sponsors, over 700 tires have been recycled and removed from the river habitat since the annual cleanup was established 23 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 ecological assets, the Shiawassee River. By caring for the river, we’re providing recreational opportunities for the public while ensuring a healthy habitat for aquatic life.”
“The Friends and our supporters have worked for 23 years now to help improve the health of the Shiawassee River and the Annual River Cleanup is truly our best known effort,” said Lorraine Austin, Executive Director for the Friends of the Shiawassee River. “I love the river. It’s always flowing - you can’t step in the same water twice. We all love it in some way or another, whether watching it, listening to it, playing in it, or taking care of it. There’s no wrong or right way to love the river. There’s no dress code or age requirement to love the river and receive all of the treasures that it gives to us. On July 27th, we’ll all have the opportunity to give back to the Shiawassee for all it has given us – and will give to future generations.”
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 27th, from 8 am until 12:00 pm. 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, individuals may visit the Friends’ website at www.shiawasseeriver.org, visit their Facebook page, call the Friends’ office at (989) 723-9062, or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.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.
Michigan’s Volunteer River, Stream and Creek Cleanup Program began in 1998 and has been funded through various public acts. Since 2001, funds for this program have originated from the sale of the state’s water quality protection license plates. Grants are administered by the Great Lakes Commission, under contract with the Department of Environmental Quality. These grants help foster local stewardship and a sense of community while protecting Michigan’s waters. Additional information on the VRSCCP program is available online at www.glc.org/work/VRSCCP or by e-mailing Laura Kaminski, Great Lakes Commission, at email@example.com.
The Friends of the Shiawassee River extend our deepest appreciation to our volunteers and sponsors. You are the heart and soul of the Friends. Your hard work has made a difference. Thank you!
The 2019 Annual Cleanup is generously supported by the following sponsors: