Oct. 2, 2006

Volunteers clean up the Crow River

Muddy feet, a sore back, and pride in a job well done are the rewards of the volunteers that took part in the third annual Crow River Clean Up Day Sept. 16.

The event is coordinated by the Crow River Organization of Water (CROW), a 10-county Joint Powers organization aimed at preserving and protecting the Crow River and its tributaries.

In addition to more than 250 citizens from 14 communities, 46 local businesses, organizations, and communities also contributed to the event.

The communities participating included Delano, Buffalo, Dayton, Glencoe, Hanover, Hassan Township, Hutchinson, Lake Lillian, New London, Paynesville, Rockford Twonship, Spicer, St. Michael, and Sumter Township.

Businesses and organizations participating included Hanover River Inn, Lake Lillian’s Horseshoe Bar, and the Subways from Hutchinson, Spicer, Buffalo, Rockford, St. Michael, Albertville, Rogers, and Glenoce which donated sandwiches for the volunteers.

Culligan, Cub Foods, Coborn’s, Wright County Water Task Force, Joel’s Family Foods, and James Street Coffee Company took care of refreshments and other snacks.

Cities, townships, Three Rivers Park District, Randy’s Sanitation, Waste Management, Spruce Ridge landfill, and Hennepin West Paving helped out with dumpsters and trash removal.

CROW, Mid-MN Mississipi RC & D, 3M, Hutchinson Technology, Stearns County Pheasants Forever Chapter, Middle Fork Crow River Watershed District, and Crow River Sports provided t-shirts for the volunteers.

DNR Adopt-a-River program donated trash bags and gloves for the event.

In total, the clean up resulted in the removal of approximately 5.1 tons of trash from 29 miles of shoreline.

Besides the usual trash, the volunteers picked up 190 tires, two electric motors, car parts, a snowmobile with engine, two TVs, bicycles, chicken houses, six rolls of barbed wire, 64 five-gallon pails of broken glass, a La-Z-Boy recliner, carpeting, and many other items.

Planning is already underway for next year’s event. For more information, call Diane Sander at (763) 682-1933, ext. 3.

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