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River Friends Retrieve Trash
September 3, 2008 - The Friends of the Big Blue River (FBBR) met at Kathy Rogers’ home on Monday, August 25. Present were Rogers, Lee Ann Wallen, Shelia Marion and Jeff Ray.
The group recently completed the first clean up of the year - a one-mile stretch between Henry County Roads 100-S and 200-S. New volunteers for this clean up were Don and Liz Johnson and their daughters, Carrie and Hope, Shelly Newby and John Rogers. The group collected 22 tires, 12 bags of trash, two trash cans, a newspaper box, hubcap, steel drum, some steel cable and about 20 feet of hose. The trash filled two boats.
FBBR is planning three more clean ups for September. On the “National Day of Caring,” September 9, FBBR will gather trash from State Road 38 to County Road 100-S. On September 11 at 10 a.m. FBBR will clean up County Road 200-S to 125-W. Finally, on September 17 at 9 a.m., volunteers will clean up 125-W to 400-S. All volunteers are appreciated.
Ray reminded the group about the Tox Away Day coming up Saturday, September 13 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Water testing at both sites should be done in September according to Wallen. FBBR also submitted letters of support to the New Castle mayor for the grant application the city is pursuing to finance upgrades to filters which will allow as much as three times more wastewater to be treated. This upgrade will also help achieve part of the city's Long Term Control Plan for reducing wastewater flows into the river.
FBBR will also be doing a program on the river and projects with Jan Crider on September 11 at 6:30 p.m. in the lobby of Ameriana bank.
FBBR will wrap up the 2008 year on Wednesday, October 29, with a fish fry at Wallen’s.
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