Volunteers needed Sept. 19 to help clean trash from Eel River

Volunteers are needed for the annual Eel River Clean-Up, which works to clear the waterway in the North Manchester area each fall. It begins at 8:30 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 19.

Because glass and rusted items litter the riverbed, all crew members must be adults.

The organization provides gloves, trash bags and drinking water. Volunteers will need to bring tennis shoes or boots they don’t mind getting wet – absolutely no sandals. Crews will be trudging through water that is waist-high or higher and will need to be on the lookout for poison ivy, which hugs the shoreline. Bring bug spray.

Volunteers will be working in the river, filling boats with trash as they walk downstream. Participants are urged to wear clothes suited to the work, and remove cell phones and jewelry before starting.

Volunteers will gather at the North Manchester Wastewater Treatment Plant, 510 S. Maple St. They’ll begin with some quick lessons in safety and river quality.

Afterward, about noon, workers will find a light lunch waiting, donated and served by Rotary Club of North Manchester.

Registration is required and participants must sign a release form. To register or get more information, contact Manchester University Professor Jerry Sweeten at 260-982-5307 or email him at jesweeten@manchester.edu.

About the Initiative

Initially funded by a $1 million Clean Water Act Grant, the Initiative is led by Manchester University's Environmental Studies Program along with a coalition of agencies and individuals who are determined to improve water quality, enhance recreation and promote conservation of natural resources in the middle Eel River watershed.

This project has been funded wholly or in part by the United States Environmental Protection Agency under assistance agreement C9975482-08 to the Indiana Department of Environmental Management. The contents of this document do not necessarily reflect the views and policies of the Environmental Protection Agency, nor does mention of trade names or commercial products constitute endorsement or recommendation for use.

Manchester University, with campuses in North Manchester and Fort Wayne, Ind., offers more than 60 areas of academic study to 1,500 students in undergraduate programs, a Master of Athletic Training and a four-year professional Doctor of Pharmacy.  Learn more about the private, northern Indiana school at www.manchester.edu.

Sept. 4, 2015

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