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E-M:/ Celebrate River Day 2001 on the Clinton!



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Enviro-Mich message from "Jessica Pitelka Opfer" <planner@crwc.org>
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NEWS RELEASE

Contact:
Brett Levin, Community Education Coordinator, educator@crwc.org,
248-853-9580
Jessica Pitelka Opfer, Watershed Planner, planner@crwc.org, 248-853-9580

COMMUNITY GROUPS, LOCAL BUSINESSES CELEBRATE THE CLINTON RIVER

May 31, 2001-Cleaning up the banks of the Clinton, biking the Paint Creek
Trail, learning to flycast, and stenciling storm drains are just a few of
the opportunities for local residents to celebrate River Day on Saturday,
June 2.  Now in its fourth year, River Day is dedicated to protecting and
celebrating rivers across southeast Michigan.  The day's events also include
an aquatic habitat restoration project in downtown Lake Orion, nature hikes
and children's activities at local parks, and a river clean-up and family
festival at Tucker Park in Harrison Township.

"Whether you like to get wet or stay dry, River Day offers something for
everyone," said Brett Levin, Community Education Coordinator for the Clinton
River Watershed Council.  "The more people that know about and use our river
resources, the more people will want to help protect them."

Twenty-nine events are scheduled in Oakland and Macomb counties.  Additional
events will occur simultaneously along the Detroit, Huron, Little, Rouge,
Shiawassee, and St. Clair rivers.  Fifty local businesses, municipalities,
community groups, churches and elected officials are sponsoring this year's
events in the Clinton River watershed.

"River Day isn't just about cleaning up the riverbanks, although that's an
important component," said Jessica Pitelka Opfer, Watershed Planner for the
council.  "In order to protect this amazing natural resource flowing through
our communities, we must be able to celebrate and enjoy it.  River Day gives
us a chance to get re-acquainted with our rivers, lakes and streams."

A complete listing of River Day events and an event map are available on the
web at www.crwc.org, or contact the Clinton River Watershed Council at
248-853-9580.

Founded in 1972, the Clinton River Watershed Council encourages local
initiatives and coordinates efforts of individuals, governments, businesses
and associations to protect, improve and celebrate the Clinton River, its
watershed and Lake St. Clair.  River Day is an annual event held the first
Saturday in June.

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Jessica Pitelka Opfer
Watershed Planner
Clinton River Watershed Council
1970 East Auburn Road
Rochester Hills MI 48307
Phone  248.853.9580
Fax  248.853.0486
Web  www.crwc.org



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