18 May 2012

2012 Green River Cleanup final report

Posted by Jay

Thank you 2012, 27th annual Green River Clean-Up Participants. (final report)
The 27th annual Green River Clean-Up (GRCU), again was a huge success. Hundreds of people, for the 27th time, converged on the 14 mile reach of Washington’s Green River known locally as “The Gorge”. They brought boats, bags, boots, shovels and gloves to pick up, pack out, clean up, restore and improve the general health of the Green river Gorge.
The paddling community once again turned out in record numbers in support of the cleanup. You risked popped inflatables and torn dry suits to remove anything that doesn’t belong, from Automobile parts to Zinc coated corrugated sharp chunks of steel, you guys rock. The Green River Cleanup thanks you for your continued support of this Northwest Washington tradition. Special thanks go to WRRR (Washington Recreational River Runners www.wrrr.org), FOG (Friends of the Green, (www.friendsofthegreen.org), MGRC (Middle Green River Coalition, http://www.mgrc.org/). Ground crews and support, Washington State Parks, King County Parks, Boy Scouts of America, Black diamond historical society

Participating paddling clubs: WRRR (www.wrrr.org), WKC (www.washingtonkayakclub.org), PTCC (www.paddletrails.org), BEWET (http://bewet.org), OWA (www.oregonwhitewater.org), UKC (http://students.washington.edu/ukc/wordpress/). The list that pulls us together, Professor paddle, www.professorpaddle.com. Please let me know if I missed your group.
Many sponsors and supporters, too long to list here.
Each year, with only four exceptions, the GRCU grows in scope and participation. This year again, you made it the biggest and best cleanup ever. Well done, next year, let’s plan now to do it again.
Announcing the 2013, 28th annual, Green River Cleanup, Saturday May 4th. (Mark your Calendars).
Look what’s in store for next year’s bigger and better cleanup: E-registration, going plastic bag-less, bigger and more ground crews, improved information distribution. And more, visit often to see what we’re up to. (www.facebook.com/greenrivercleanup), for all things Green River Cleanup related. Drop a line; let us know what you think.
GRCU’s goal is to clean and restore the health of the Green River Gorge and its environment; to protect water quality and quantity for fish and recreation; to spread the word of its need to be protected and the need to protect all of our Rivers; to inform the un-informed; to educate our youth through active youth involvement in the cleanup by organizations like the boy scouts (learn as you clean) through (planned cleanup activities); to inspire others to protect their local waterways.
Spread the word, “Leave a place cleaner that what you found it”.

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