River Clean Up Day: October 1st

What is it?

Krazy for the Kazoo is the name of our annual river cleanup day on the first Saturday in October.  It’s a day when the community comes together to celebrate local streams and rivers in the Kalamazoo River watershed.  This year volunteers will descend on one of eight locations to pick up trash and debris from the river, clean up local parks, plant a tree, and show the community how they are Krazy for the Kazoo. 

This watershed-wide event grew out of a successful cleanup program conducted in the Battle Creek, Charlotte, and Marshall areas for more than 15 years.  The event has spread to many other locations including Otsego, Kalamazoo, and Albion.  Powered entirely by volunteers, each year we clean up many miles of the river, take care of places with illegal dumping problems, plant new trees, remove problematic invasive species, and much more.

How do I get involved?

Pick one of eight locations and join is the cleanup on Saturday, October 1st.  Each event is unique, so contact the host directly for more information.  RSVP is optional, but we ask those bringing large groups to contact your event host.  Any supplies or tools needed for the cleanup will be provided, just wear appropriate clothes for the weather and sturdy footwear (no open toed shoes).

Contact the Whitehouse Nature Center at Albion College for details.

David Green, Director
Whitehouse Nature Center
611 E. Porter Street
Albion, MI 49224
(517) 629-0582
djgreen@albion.edu

What:  Pick up trash and debris from Kalamazoo River between Old Mill District and Allegan Fair Grounds by boat (canoe, kayak, etc.)
Start:  10:00 AM
Location:  Old Mill District
Host:  Allegan Conservation District
Contact:  Ana Hedberg, (269) 941-6162 or ana.hedberg@macd.org

What:  Pick up trash and debris on foot along river banks, remove invasive species, tree trimming, and park cleanup at multiple locations throughout Battle Creek
Start:  8:30 AM (registration) – Noon
Location:  Bailey Park
Host:  City of Battle Creek and Battle Creek Area Clean Water Partners
Contact:  Tiffany Welsh, Environmental Programs Coordinator, (269) 966-0712 or tawelsh@battlecreekmi.gov
More Info:  BCwater.org

What:  Pick up trash and debris on foot along banks of Battle Creek River and Butternut Creek, trail clearing, park beautification
Start:  9:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Location:  Bennett Park Pavilion
Host:  Frontier Flycasters, Charlotte Public Schools, City of Charlotte, Eaton Conservation District, Charlotte Campus Life
Contact:  Sue Spaguolo at Eaton Conservation District, (517) 543-1512 x5 or Matt Griffith at City of Charlotte, (517) 231-2324, mgriffith@charlottemi.org
More Info:  CharlotteMI.org

**Kalamazoo cleanup at Mayors Riverfront Park has been caneled**

What:  Riverbank and park clean-up, tree planting, and tree maintenance
Start:  9:00 AM – Noon
Location:  Marshall Public Services Building (900 S. Marshall Ave., Marshall, MI 49068)
Host:  Marshall Area Conservation Committee
Contact:  Cheryl Vosburg, (269) 558-0328, cvosburg@cityofmarshall.com
More Info:  MACC facebook page

What:  Pick up litter and debris from the Kalamazoo River banks on foot along the riverwalk in Otsego
Start:  10:00 AM – Noon
Location:  River walk near Otsego Area Historical Society Museum at Farmers St. and Court St. (218 N. Farmers St., Otsego, MI 49078)
Host:  Great Lakes Adventure Club, City of Otsego, and Kalamazoo River Watershed Council
Contact:  Jamie McCarthy, (269) 978-4606, krwc@kalamazooriver.org
More Info:  All participants will receive a gift bag for helping with the cleanup.  Trash bags, gloves and any other necessary equipment will be provided.  Please wear sturdy footwear and weather appropriate clothing.

What:  Pick up litter and debris from the Kalamazoo River banks on foot along the riverwalk in Plainwell
Start:  10:00 AM – Noon
Location:  Fannie Pell Park near City Hall (141 N. Main St., Plainwell, MI 49080)
Host:  City of Plainwell and Kalamazoo River Watershed Council
Contact:  Jamie McCarthy, (269) 978-4606, krwc@kalamazooriver.org
More Info:  All participants will receive a gift bag for helping with the cleanup.  Trash bags, gloves and any other necessary equipment will be provided.  Please wear sturdy footwear and weather appropriate clothing.

 

We are always looking for new stream cleanup locations

Please contact us if your organization would like to become a host or if you would like to report a stretch of river where dumping is a problem.

Why Clean?


_0D44977The Kalamazoo River has a long history of pollution from many different human activities on land and in the water over the past 100 years or more.  The Kalamazoo River Watershed Council works with a group of dedicate municipalities, nonprofits, and conservation groups on initiatives to curb pollution in our watershed and raise awareness about current issues.  Together we seek to change the history of the river and we invite you to join us in creating a vibrant and healthy river system into the future.

We are particularly focused on stormwater from cities and runoff from agriculture that washes nutrients and sediment into our streams, lakes, and rivers.  This can lead to unsightly algae, poor fishing, and unpleasant beaches.  Clean water, you make the difference!

Explore the various ways to support the Kalamazoo River Watershed Council today!