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Volunteers needed for Eel River cleanup

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Advance registration is required and participants must sign a release form. For more information, contact Terri Michaelis at 1-260-982-5101 or tmmichaelis@manchester.edu.

Wednesday, September 4, 2013 - 12:01 am

Adult volunteers are needed to clean up a section of the Eel River in North Manchester on Sept. 14.

Over the past three years, more than 150 volunteers have pulled out 10,000 pounds of metal for recycling, 125 tires and 2 dump trucks of trash. That was just from a 1-mile stretch.

This year, volunteers will walk in a different stretch of the river, filling large canoes with the trash. Afterward, workers will find a light lunch waiting, donated and served by Rotary North Manchester.

Gloves, trash bags and drinking water will be provided. Volunteers need to bring enclosed water shoes, tennis shoes or boots – absolutely no sandals. They should plan to trudge through sometimes waist-high or deeper waters with poison ivy along the shoreline. Plan for bugs. Leave your favorite clothes, cell phones and jewelry at home.

Volunteers will gather at 8:30 a.m. at the North Manchester Street Department, 407 Wabash Road. They'll begin with some quick lessons in safety and river quality.