Volunteers needed for Little Calumet River cleanup

2013-05-20T00:00:00Z Volunteers needed for Little Calumet River cleanupFor The Times nwitimes.com
May 20, 2013 12:00 am  • 

Are you passionate about cleaning and preserving the local waterways?

Join the Calumet Waterway Stewards as they clean up a section of the Little Calumet River from South Holland to Blue Island on June 1. This event is free, but participants must register in advance at www.calumetwaterwaystewards.com/register.

Volunteers can choose to clean the waterway from the land or on the river itself. For those with canoes or kayaks, the group will meet at Gouwens Park, near 159th Street and Seton Road in South Holland, for an 8 a.m. launch. There are a limited supply of loaner canoes and kayaks available as well. The group will paddle downstream, collecting trash and debris as they make their way to the Little Calumet Boat Ramp in Blue Island. Transportation will be provided back to Gouwens Park.

The on-land group will meet at 11 a.m. at the Little Calumet Boat Ramp, east of Ashland Avenue and north of Jackson Street in Blue Island, and clean along the riverbank. Trash bags and garbage grabbers will be provided for volunteers and there will be a gathering at the Little Calumet Boat Launch after the cleanup including lunch and information about how to enjoy Calumet-area waterways.

The cleanup is sponsored, in part, by the Forest Preserve District of Cook County, and is sponsored and organized by the Calumet Waterway Stewards, a coalition that includes representatives from Illinois Water TrailKeepers, Openlands, city of Blue Island, Chicago Southland Convention & Visitors Bureau, Illinois Environmental Protection Agency, Illinois Paddling Council and citizens who want to enjoy and improve local waterways.

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