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Hannibal Courier - Post - Hannibal, MO
  • Great Mississippi River Cleanup planned Sept. 22

  • Saturday, Sept. 22, is the day for Hannibalians to help with this year’s Great Mississippi River Cleanup.
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  • Saturday, Sept. 22, is the day for Hannibalians to help with this year’s Great Mississippi River Cleanup.
    Several clubs and individuals have already promised to meet at the riverfront at 9 a.m. Saturday to do the cleanup with the Living Lands & Waters (LL&W) organization, which is doing its annual summer cleanup along the river. The work will be done by noon, when lunch will be provided.
    Local cosponsors of the project are the Hannibal Parks & Recreation Department and the Hannibal Boat Club.
    “We have National Honor Society members from Hannibal High School, and we also have Boy Scouts planning to come,” said Mary Lynne Richards, Parks & Recreation assistant supervisor for promotion and planning. “You can come as a group or individuals.
    “The Hannibal Boat Club has been very helpful,” Richards said. “Several members have volunteered their time and their boats. And in the course of their recreating on the river, they have been scouting out where there is a need for cleanup.
    “Scott Dillion is the commander of the boat club, and he has been working with me and getting volunteers,” she said. “And we are going to be able to use the boat clubhouse for the meal.”
    Volunteers will be provided gloves, life vests, sunscreen, a First Aid kit, water and anything else needed for the cleanup, Richards said. The LL&W organization will give each volunteer a T-shirt or stainless steel water bottle.
    “They do not need to bring anything, but they need to sign up ahead of time, because we need to make sure we have enough equipment for everyone,” Richards reported. She requested anyone planning to help contact her by Thursday, Sept. 20, by phone at (573) 221-0154 or e-mail mlrichards@hannibal-mo.gov.
    No minimum age of volunteers has been set, Richards said. However, Tammy Becker of LL&W said the organization does not recommend children under age 10 help.
    Parents of younger children may bring them, she added, if they are well-behaved, “and their parents are aware of the dangers” such as the possibility of bee stings or poison ivy. “It will be a pretty safe environment, but you just have to be aware of this.”
    The Great Mississippi River Cleanup, which began as a one-day, simultaneous event, now encompasses 20 cities and is growing into a summer-long campaign. LL&W is a 501(c) (3) environmental organization established in 1998 and headquartered in East Moline, Ill.
    LL&W has removed more than six million pounds of trash through cleanup efforts along the Mississippi, Missouri, Ohio, Illinois and Potomac rivers since its launch over 15 years ago. LL&W also coordinated flood relief efforts after Hurricane Katrina and the historic floods in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and Lake Delton, Wis., in 2008.
    Page 2 of 2 - For more information see www.livinglandsandwaters.org.

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