2017-04-23 / Insight

Volunteers sought for river clean up

LAPEER — The faces change, but every spring for the past 15 years Peter McCreedy has led scores of area youth to the banks of the Flint River and they’ve found the same thing — trash, and lots of it.

They’ll be back again at 9 a.m. April 29 at Cramton Park for the 2017 Flint River and Lapeer Community Stewardship Day. McCreedy said they used to just call it the Flint River Cleanup Day, but they find more trash along the river’s bank than in the water.

McCreedy is looking for volunteers to help clean up at six sites along the river in the city. Among them are the stretch between Kohls and Home Depot; Cramton Park, Annrook Park, Rotary Park, the section of the river between Saginaw Street and what used to be Empire Wok; and near the corner of Saginaw and Elm streets, where Hunter’s Creek joins the river.

McCreedy said they find everything from windblown packing to appliances and auto parts. He said they’ve pulled more than 20 tires from the river in just the past five years.

Each January the Flint River Watershed Coalition (FRWC) presents its Golden Gloves Award at its Voice of the River annual celebration to the person who collected the most interesting or unusual items during the cleanup. To enter all a volunteer needs to do, McCreedy said, is take a picture of the object found during the cleanup and email it, along with their name and the site where they found their treasure to Jaime Welch at jwelch@flintriver.org

The FRWC will hand out gloves and trash bags for volunteers. There will be a pizza party at noon at Cramton Park for volunteers.

While the cleanup has had as many as 100 volunteers, McCreedy expects to see about 80 people.

To find out more about the cleanup and other FRWC projects, call McCreedy 810-624-7594 or Jamie Welch at 810-767-7140

— Phil Foley

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