|After the Flood Students Set to Clean River|
|Written by Carolyn Waller|
|Tuesday, 11 September 2007 06:04|
The question of just how floodwaters affected the cleanliness of a section of the Des Plaines River will be part of this year’s fourth “CPR for the DPR” river clean up starting at Independence Grove Forest Preserve near Libertyville.
On September 15, a total of approximately 75 student volunteers from Warren Township High School and Libertyville High School are expected to start cleaning up debris at the canoe launch and work their way along the river in both directions. The event is part of “It’s Our River Day,” designated on the third Saturday each September by Illinois Lieutenant Governor Pat Quinn and the Illinois River Coordinating Council to celebrate the state’s watersheds.“Of particular interest during this year’s river sweep will be whether recent floodwaters changed the amount of debris,” said Mike Mieszala, environmental science instructor at the Gurnee-area high school. He and David Lapish, an English instructor at Libertyville High School help organize students to participate in the clean up, which starts at 10 a.m. and ends at noon.
Donating materials for student volunteers to use this year is the law firm of Hinshaw & Culbertson in Chicago. Attorney Dean Parker and his family became involved in the project after previous floodwaters went through Gurnee.
‘We’re certainly glad to contribute in any way we can,” he said.
|Last Updated on Tuesday, 11 September 2007 07:25|