Ducks Unlimited Partners on Historic River Cleanup

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DU urges supporters to bring boats, assist river cleanup

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Hunters and anglers have been, and always will be stewards of the land and waters. Nobody cares more about habitat than hunters and anglers. Conservation is part and parcel of the outdoor experience, and we’re happy to support this effort.

Ducks Unlimited (DU) is calling all supporters along the Mississippi River to help out with the Great Mississippi River Cleanup on June 19, 2010. Living Lands and Waters (LL&W) has organized a river cleanup, but they need people with boats. DU is urging supporters to hitch up their boats and help in cleaning up the Mississippi River watershed, an area that is crucial to migrating waterfowl.

“Hunters and anglers have been, and always will be stewards of the land and waters. Nobody cares more about habitat than hunters and anglers,” said Dale Hall, CEO of DU. “Conservation is part and parcel of the outdoor experience, and we’re happy to support this effort.”

Living Lands & Waters is hosting the first-ever simultaneous one-day cleanup of the Upper Mississippi River from St. Paul, Minn., to St. Louis, Mo. The Great Mississippi River Cleanup will take place in 29 cities and five states along the river to remove trash and debris from the floodplains and wetlands bordering the Upper Mississippi River.

Duck hunters were a perfect fit for LL&W because waterfowlers are the people who boat the river regularly, scouting and hunting.

“A big clean up like this is going to require lots of volunteers, and it’s definitely going to require a lot of boats,” said Tammy Becker, LL&W program manager. “We thought about who’re out on the river, and then we thought of Ducks Unlimited.”

The cleanup takes place Saturday, June 19. Interested volunteers and boaters should register at the Living Lands and Waters website, http://www.livinglandsandwaters.org/GreatMississippiRiverCleanup. DU supporters can indicate their affiliation at that time.

Ducks Unlimited (http://www.ducks.org) is the world's largest non-profit organization dedicated to conserving North America's continually disappearing waterfowl habitats. Established in 1937, Ducks Unlimited has conserved more than 12 million acres thanks to contributions from more than a million supporters across the continent. Guided by science and dedicated to program efficiency, DU works toward the vision of wetlands sufficient to fill the skies with waterfowl today, tomorrow and forever.

Kristin Schrader, kschrader@ducks.org, 734.623.2000
Chris Jennings, cjennings@ducks.org, 901.758.3732

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