Fifty-seven enthusiastic volunteers celebrated National Park Week by removing 10 cubic yards of trash from the Namekagon River on April 27.
“In just six hours, volunteers made a tremendous difference for the river and its visitors. It’s inspiring to see the positive impact of people working together,” said Jonathan Moore, the volunteer program manager for the St. Croix National Scenic Riverway.
Volunteers gathered at Hayward Landing for a safety briefing, a little conversation, and work assignments. They were split into four crews, with a drift boat and river guide leading canoes for each group. Drift boats and canoes were generously donated by Hayward Fly Fishing Company and Canoes on Wheels.
The cleanup was organized by the National Park Service and the Namekagon River Partnership, a citizen-volunteer organization working to celebrate and conserve the Namekagon River. For additional information, visit http://namekagon.org.
The Namekagon is part of the St. Croix National Scenic Riverway, a national park and one of America’s first wild and scenic rivers. National Park Week was held April 20-28, 2013.