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River Care™ Kids Clean Up at Tippy Dam

June 19, 2014
 

Traverse City, MI - Over 75 elementary school children hit the trails and stream banks to clean up trash along the heavily used fishing access at Tippy Dam on the Manistee River on June 9. This was the thirteenth consecutive year for the event that is part of Kaleva Norman Dickson Elementary School’s Earth Day activities and is coordinated by the Conservation Resource Alliance (CRA) and supported by the Consumers Energy Foundation and the Michigan Fly Fishing Club.

CRA staff and volunteers provided a hands-on learning experience emphasizing the importance of taking care of our natural resources and how healthy ecosystems benefit the entire region. Richard Castle and Lorren Hannahs from Consumers Energy presented information on the hydro-electric component of this location and the important habitat for hibernating bats that is provided by the facility’s spillway. As has become part of the tradition, the enthusiastic River Care Kids were treated to a picnic in the Brethren Park prepared and served by CRA staff.

CRA, based in Traverse City, is a private, non-profit organization coordinating watershed management and wildlife habitat projects throughout northwest Michigan. The River Care initiative raises funds for local watersheds for both the immediate and long-term needs of these rivers.

Conservation Resource Alliance has facilitated river restoration projects for 46 years, tackling high-priority problems that threaten to degrade Michigan’s world-class waterways. For more information about these types of projects or how you can get involved, contact Conservation Resource Alliance at (231) 946-6817 or via e-mail at info@rivercare.org.


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