‘Adopt-a-River’ gains steam

The Township of Chapple already has volunteered its time to help clean up the Rainy River and Abitibi-Consolidated is willing to do its part—but it needs a piece of shoreline to adopt.
Project officer Damien Lee said Abitibi-Consolidate is interested in helping but they “don’t have any land to cover.”
“I’m asking landowners on the river to call and say, ‘I have land I need cleaned up,’” Lee added.
“The property should be on the Rainy River or one of its tributaries, including Rainy Lake,” he noted. “It would be nice if the property was within 15 minutes driving from the mill itself, although this is not absolutely necessary.”
Lee added the shoreline portion should be about one km in length and that the clean-up should take place before the end of September.
Last week, Mark and Dave Hyatt, Rilla Race, Chapple Reeve William Clink, Karl Van Heyst, and Cheryl Hagen volunteered their time for the “Adopt-a-River” program.
The seven each filled a garbage bag from the shore of the Rainy River near the boat launch in Barwick, followed by a barbecue in the park.
The “Adopt-a-River” program still is looking for groups such as local businesses, government, and community organizations interested in
helping to clean the watershed.
If any group or person is interested in volunteering, contact Lee at 482-2479 ext. 237.

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