Great Suwannee River Clean-up Saturday

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The Great Suwannee River Clean-up, initiated and coordinated by Current Problems Executive Director Fritzi Olson, is nearing the end of the historic river and the 2013 clean-up.  The last 20 miles will be tackled by the Lower Suwannee National Wildlife Refuge, the Friends of the Lower Suwannee National Wildlife Refuges and all the volunteers they can muster Dec. 7, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

This year, local boat owners from Fowlers Bluff, Refuge boats and volunteer-conservationists will partner in order to rid the Suwannee of debris along the shoreline, barrels buried underwater in the muck, car parts stuck between tree roots, more glass than ever should be in a river and much more.  

The Refuge Friends group will document and estimate weight of the debris collected, so that final data can be turned over to Current Problems for national documentation.  

“Just last Saturday, 13 Levy County 4-H students pulled out 1,120 pounds of bottles and garbage from Usher’s Landing to Yellow Jacket ... ” reported Olson.

The Friends of the Lower Suwannee & Cedar Keys National Wildlife Refuges, Refuge staff and volunteers will gather for the assault on garbage at staging in the Fowlers Bluff.  If you’d like to join in this community effort or volunteer your boat, call the refuge at 352-493-0238.