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Expansion Adopt-a-River Outreach Problem Solution Organizing a Cleanup Volunteers in Minnesota Since 1989,
Adopt-a-River has... Removed over 5.8 million pounds
Organized over 2,900 cleanups
Volunteered over 275,000 hours
Cleaned over 9,300 miles of shoreline
Statewide Adoptions Red Lake River Red River Minnesota River Littering
Illegal Dumping
Wind Blown Rubbish But there are things in our
water that don't belong. Our entire community depends
on the quality of our water for
safe drinking, wildlife, recreation
and vegetation. Adopt-a-River empowers Minnesotans to keep their resources beautiful and healthy by removing rubbish from public waters. Shoreline Cleanup with Adopt-a-River Adopt-a-River program provides to volunteers:
Why Volunteer? Empowerment Exercise Sense of accomplishment Leadership skills Become "green" Meet new people Spend time in nature Improve water quality Fulfill community service hours Explore the outdoors Protect water resources Water Quality Monitoring What shoreline? Lakes Rivers Streams Ravines Wetlands Ponds

Boy and Girl Scouts
School groups
Friends of River groups
Church groups
Corporate employees
Non-profit organizations
Government agencies
Who Volunteers? Minnesota is water rich.
A land of 10,000 + lakes and
92,000 miles of streams. Pollution Control Agency (PCA) Storm Drain Stenciling Your Name Here What is a river cleanup? Volunteer Appreciation Trash into treasure Environmental Education What is the cause? Planning assistance
Recruiting strategies
Materials: bags and gloves
Safety tips
Educational materials
Recognition Partnership with the National Park Service
4th-6th graders learn about science aboard a Mississippi Riverboat
Adopt-a-River learning station, "The Crime Lab" Big River Journey www.mndnr.gov/adoptriver Adopt-a-River fun book
Virtual watershed
Activities for all ages
Link up with other DNR environmental education programs Bank stabilization Shoreline restoration Creative ways to get the trash Instant gratification 4WD Association
Motorized cleanup
17 dumpsters Belle Plaine State Wayside 1991 flood Pine Point Regional Park
Ravine Cleanup Get Started www.mndnr.gov/adoptriver
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