A Watershed Moment: High Hopes for the 2012 Grand River GreenUp

Volunteers of all ages came out for the Grand River GreenUp on Earth Day 2011

Today we hear from Brock Rodgers, the environmental engineer for izzy+ and a member of the Grand Haven Area Jaycees. Brock is the organizer for this year’s Grand River GreenUp.

West Michigan Environmental Action Council and the Grand Haven Jaycees will be hosting the 2nd Annual Grand River GreenUp this Saturday, April 21 at Riverside Park in Robinson Township from 9am to noon.

Last year over 300 people came to Riverside Park and cleared almost 7,000 lbs of waste. This year Rodgers is hoping for more volunteers and less litter so that next year the GreenUp can move to a new site. The GreenUp hopes to clean the Grand River so that it will remain clean, year after year.

The goal is not only to restore one of West Michigan’s greatest resources but also to educate people of the dangers of pollution, Rodgers says. The more people that understand the health and environmental risks of tossing plastics, tires, and chemicals into a drinking water resource, the more likely the river is to remain clean. The GreenUp encourages waste reduction, increased recycling, and wise disposal of valuable goods. Any steel that is found during the GreenUp, for example, will be sold as scrap metal, with the proceeds being donated to Love INC.

Students, politicians, businesses, schools and individual volunteers tie up their boots and work together to protect West Michigan’s water resources. Those interested in taking part in the Grand River GreenUp as volunteers should contact volunteer@wmeac.org or register at www.grandrivergreenup.com.  Coffee, breakfast and lunch will be provided, and the first 400 volunteers will receive a free Grand River GreenUp T-shirt.

Learn more about the Grand River GreenUp at WMEAC.org and listen to this episode of A Watershed Moment online.

“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.

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