This week’s Watershed Moments focuses in on the 9th Annual Mayors’ Grand River Clean Up, taking place this Saturday, September 15 at 9 am at Sixth Street Bridge Park. Anthony Puzzuoli, Community Service Coordinator at WMEAC, shares details about the event and discusses reasons why the community should get involved.
The Mayors’ Grand River Clean Up does more than just create a cleaner river, but is meant to raise concerns and foster an awareness for the needs our environment has. “People should be concerned about the amount of pollution and garbage that’s in the Grand River because it’s a very important and precious waterway,” says Puzzuoli. “If we can clean that up now and even better than that, prevent people from throwing garbage in the river in the first place, it’s really important.”
All are welcome to register for the Mayors’ Grand River Clean Up, from families or athletic teams, to organizational groups. Upon arriving at the park, volunteers will sign in and get their gloves, bags, and a free t-shirt, and receive a complementary breakfast while hearing the opening announcements. Busses will be transporting participants to various spots on the river to collect trash, returning them for the volunteer after-party, complete with a free lunch. New this year, is a large sponsorship by Founder’s Brewing Company, that will be providing beer for the after-party. There will also be more recycling taking place, making the clean up even more environmentally focused. Puzzuoli recommends dressing for the weather and being prepared to pick up a wide variety of trash, ranging from pop bottles and candy wrappers to tires and furniture. More information and pre-registration is available here.
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“A Watershed Moment” is a weekly radio program focused on environmental news and happenings in West Michigan, plus solutions for living a greener life. Broadcast on WYCE-FM 88.1 on Tuesdays at 8:30am and 5:30pm, this program is produced by Grand Rapids Community Media Center and West Michigan Environmental Action Council.