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Groups to hold Duck River clean up events Saturday

Posted on Friday, June 27, 2014 at 7:00 am

Volunteers from across the county are asked to take part in Duck River litter removal events held Saturday (June 28) below Mortons Lake and above Normandy Dam.

The first event, organized by American Heritage Girls (a Christ-centered character development program similar to scouting) sponsor Connie Janosek, will be held from 8 a.m.- noon starting at Normandy Dam.

Check in will be at 7:30 a.m. and the first 100 volunteers will receive a free T-shirt.

The event is part of the larger annual Duck River cleanup based in Shelbyville.

Janosek said that last years’ inaugural local event was a huge success. Volunteers collected trash from the dam and boat ram area around to Barton Springs area. She said that county’s length of Duck River has been neglected during larger events.

Saturday afternoon, Old Stone Fort State Archeological Park will hold a litter cleanup along the Duck River by canoe from the U.S. Highway 41 bridge to just below Bluehole Falls.

A limited number of volunteers aged 18 and older will be provided canoes, lifejackets and paddles to cruise along the river to collect trash. Registration is required.

Seasonal Park Ranger Kirsti Tuers said that the park has two canoes that each hold three passengers and spots are available for three additional volunteers.

Those who own canoes and kayaks are also invited to participate.

She said that a group is needed to take a short hike to the base of the falls to collect trash.

Both organizers suggest that volunteers bring sunscreen, a hat and insect repellant. OSF adds that participants should bring drinks and snacks if desired.

For more information, contact Connie Janosek at (931) 409-6091, about the morning event, or Park Ranger Kirsti Tuers at 723-5073.