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News Release

Contact: Jeri Kornegay

Director of Media and Public Relations



8:30 a.m. Saturday, September 17

Waste Treatment Plant, 410 S. Maple St., North Manchester

Tires and transmissions and typewriters, oh my!

Volunteers sought for Eel River

Clean-Up on Saturday, Sept. 17

Volunteers tugged 3,000 pounds of metal, 60 water-logged tires and other unwieldy trash from a half-mile stretch of the Eel River last September. “And you can’t even tell we were there,” bemoans Terri Michaelis, coordinator of the Middle Eel River Watershed Initiative.

“So we’re going back on Saturday, Sept. 17 to exactly the same half-mile stretch,” Michaelis says. “I anticipate we’ll have just as much trash awaiting us.”

Ironically, the trash is heaviest near one of North Manchester’s scenic prides: the Covered Bridge on Sycamore Street. “It’s a historical problem, from the 1800s, when people used the river as a dump,” said Michaelis.

Volunteers will find century-old trash in the river bottom and banks, as well as newer junk that has made its way downstream. And, people are still dumping their trash in the newly cleaned areas.

Volunteers must register before Sept. 17 to participate in the Middle Eel River Clean-Up, Michaelis said. This is an adults-only task, by persons prepared to spend the entire morning in water, lifting, filling canoes and walking downstream. Participants must wear water shoes, tennis shoes or boots. No sandals – the river is filled with sharp objects. Participants also should come prepared for contact with poison ivy and insects.

The task is arduous yet satisfying, as volunteers see the canoes piled high with trash bound for recycling or landfills, said Michaelis. The event begins at 8:30 a.m. at the North Manchester Waste Water Treatment Plan at 510 S. Maple St. Gloves, trash bags, drinking water and a noon lunch will be provided, as well as a Middle Eel River Watershed Initiative cap.

Advance registration is required. For more information, contact Michaelis at 260-982-5101 or

Initially funded by a $1 million Clean Water Act Grant, the Initiative is a coalition led by Manchester College of agencies and individuals who seek to improve water quality, enhance recreation and promote conservation of natural resources in the middle Eel River watershed.

September 2011



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