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8/14/2013 9:38:00 AM
Watershed Council hosts Bear River clean up on August 24
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Tip of the Mitt Watershed Council will host the Healing the Bear - Bear River cleanup on Saturday, August 24. Volunteers are needed to help clean trash and debris from in and around the Bear River by foot, by canoe, and along road and stream crossings.

"This year the Watershed Council hopes to clean the entire 15 mile river, from Walloon Lake to Little Traverse Bay, in one day" said Dan Myers, Water Resource Specialist for the Watershed Council. "Many hands will make light work, so we are hoping businesses, families, and service clubs will get involved this year."

The river will be divided into section and each section will be assigned a team. "This is a perfect opportunity for a business to get their staff involved in a community service project or for families to teach their children about being good stewards of our natural resources."

The event has formerly taken place at the Mineral Well Park Shelter, but will be moved again to the larger Bear River shelter just a few hundred feet up-stream. There, teams will check in, pick up pre-marked trash bags, and then go to their designated areas for the cleanup.

Each pre-registered volunteer will be provided with lunch and a Bear River Cleanup T-shirt. Volunteers should wear comfortable shoes and clothes that you won't mind getting wet or dirty. The cleanup will be at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday. For more information or to register for this event, please call Dan Myers at 231-347-1181 or e-mail dan@watershedcouncil.org.

-Submitted by Tip of the Mitt Watershed Council

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