National River Cleanup Week

May 19th 2002 -

Join the Atlanta Whitewater Clubs efforts to clean up Section III on the Chattooga Wild and Scenic River.

Contact Bruce Rowan for details :: 706.546.1968

 

Organizing Group:

http://www.americaoutdoors.org/nrcw/natao10.htm

 

NEWS RELEASE
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Date: January 2002
Contact: Robin Brown


Register Now for National River Cleanup 2002

Knoxville, TN - Register now National River Cleanup Week 2002, scheduled for May 11 - 18, 2002.

Registration is free and groups that register their cleanups with National River Cleanup Week receive educational and promotional materials on conducting cleanups of waterways. Register by the April 1st, 2002 deadline and receive free official National River Cleanup Week trash bags. You can register online at www.americaoutdoors.org/nrcw or call 865-558-3595 for a registration form.

From the inception of National River Cleanup Week in 1992, diverse groups have come together each year to scour the shorelines of their local waterways. Government agencies, paddle sports enthusiasts, outfitters, businesses, civic and conservation groups take part in the event. A variety of events occur as part of many of the community cleanups. Cookouts, canoe trips, raft trips, storm drain stenciling, and bank restoration are just a sampling. A video on How To Conduct and Organize a River Cleanup, narrated by former CBS News White House correspondent Bob Pierpoint, is available for $10.95. Call for an order form.

An estimated 50,000 participants gathered trash and debris along 350 sites in forty-five states covering 8000 miles of waterways, during the tenth annual National River Cleanup Week, May 12-19, 2001. One of the largest groups, with an estimated 2000 volunteers taking part, The Friends of the Chicago River volunteered cleaning numerous sites in and around Chicago during its annual "River Rescue" on May 12. Other large groups included Friends of the Los Angeles River (FoLAR), the Peace River Cleanup Committee, Florida, and the Christina River Watershed Cleanup, Delaware. Cleanups range in size from five or ten volunteers to groups numbering in the thousands.

America Outdoors, a trade association of outfitters and guides is the founder and sponsor of National River Cleanup Week. The Bureau of Land Management and the USDA Forest Service have provided agency support. American Rivers, American Canoe Association, American Whitewater, and Professional Paddlesports Association are also supporters of National River Cleanup Week.

For more information visit the web site at http://www.americaoutdoors.org/nrcw/ or contact the National River Cleanup Week / America Outdoors office, via phone at 865-558-3595, or email at rivercleanup@aol.com.