CLEAN RIVERS

These are just some helpful tips, hints and recomendations for anyone willing, wanting and brave enough to step up and organize a river clean up. This is an answer to “People Suck Grandpa”. Remember, the river you clean will be your own!

The following is taken from: www.nationalrivers.org

River cleanups are a key to keeping America’s rivers beautiful. People are cleaning up rivers year round, in groups and as individuals, and each year there is a National River Cleanup Week. Here are three ways you can help:

On your own: You can conduct a river cleanup of your own, the next time you go to a river, perhaps with a few friends or fellow club members. Just take along some trash bags, gloves, and perhaps a small shovel or pruning saw to help extricate junk. Take your camera, too, so you can take a few photos of your cleanup and send them to NORS, so you can accumulate River Points and get river gear.

With a larger group: Participating in a larger river cleanup can be interesting and rewarding. To see the list of river cleanups planned in your area, return to the home page, then go to your state, then to your state’s calendar. (If you are organizing a river cleanup, post it there.) Organizing a larger group: If you are thinking about organizing a river cleanup, following is an outline to get you started.

Checklist for organizing a river cleanup:

Form a planning group, consisting of people interested in helping to organize the cleanup.
–Line up financial support.
–Select a site.

Create a detailed action plan. Plan for the safety of the participants, and plan for the support material you will need:
–Trash bags or other containers.
–Tools.
–Heavy equipment, if necessary.
–Sanitary facilities.
–Refreshments.
–Safety support: local police and paramedics.
–Insurance coverage.
–Prizes for the participants.
–Arrange for disposal and recycling.

Publicize the cleanup, through:
–Local media.
–Posters and brochures.
–Public speaking, at events and group meetings.
–Post the cleanup to this web site and other relevant websites.
–Recruit volunteers.
–Coordinate the cleanup day.

Publicize your accomplishments:
–Take before-and-after photographs.
–Keep track of the items removed during the cleanup.
–Record the names, addresses, and phones of all volunteers and sponsors.
–Send a list of who did what to the U.S. River Conservation Team.
–Report the results to local media, sponsors, and other organizations.
Reward the participants with prizes and recognition.
–Evaluate the cleanup, and make suggestions for next time.
–Adopt the river after cleanup. Make plans that will keep it clean and monitor water quality.

Thanks for playing along, now let’s go get on that clean river and do some fly fishing!

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