DU urges supporters to bring boats, assist river cleanup


This just came in from DU... 

EAST MOLINE, Ill., May 20, 2010 - Ducks Unlimited (DU) is calling all supporters along the Mississippi River to help out with the Great Mississippi River Cleanup on June 19, 2010. Living Lands and Waters (LL and W) has organized a river cleanup, but they need people with boats.  DU is urging supporters to hitch up their boat and help in cleaning up the Mississippi River watershed, an area that is crucial to migrating waterfowl.

"Hunters and anglers have been, and always will be stewards of the land and waters.  Nobody cares more about habitat than hunters and anglers," said Dale Hall, CEO of DU. "Conservation is part and parcel of the outdoor experience, and we're happy to support this effort."

Living Lands and Waters is hosting the first-ever simultaneous one-day cleanup of the Upper Mississippi River from St. Paul, Minn., to St. Louis, Mo. The Great Mississippi River Cleanup will take place in 29 cities and five states along the river to remove trash and debris from the floodplains and wetlands bordering the Upper Mississippi River.

Duck hunters were a perfect fit for LL and W because waterfowlers are the people who boat the river regularly, scouting and hunting.  

"A big clean up like this is going to require lots of volunteers, and it's definitely going to require a lot of boats," said Chad Pregracke, president and founder of Living Lands and Waters. "We thought about who're out on the river, and then we thought of Ducks Unlimited." 

The cleanup takes place Saturday, June 19. Interested volunteers and boaters should register at the Living Lands and Waters website, http://www.livinglandsandwaters.org/GreatMississippiRiverCleanup. DU supporters can indicate their affiliation at that time.

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