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1st Annual Walton Junction Sportsman's Club Middle Manistee River Cleanup

 | Published on 8/5/2017

August 5, 2017

1st Annual Walton Junction Sportsman Club / BRCS / TAPC Middle Manistee River Cleanup

Sponsored by Bridgestone Americas, Inc.

Last summer at the Kingsley Fly Festival, Sue and Rick Nyce of the WJSC, asked
me to consider doing a combined cleanup on the section of the Manistee
where they live. It's just downstream from Lucas Bridge. I was not familiar
with that section so I jumped at the chance to do it.

The people at WJSC were very excited to be included in our plans but on the
week of the event, one of their members died and they were having
the memorial service on the day of the cleanup. But we decided to go ahead anyway.

Bridgestone Americans, Inc. provided funding for the project.  They have a
program that helps organizations like ours take tires out of rivers and,
even though I told them that we were not likely to find any tires, gave
us a grant anyway.  THANK YOU!!! Bridgestone Americas, Inc. 

I am not sure why people think putting tires in any river is a good idea,
but I wish I could have a talk with those people and take them to do
one cleanup.  They would never do it again after seeing how hard it
is to remove them. 

Rick and Sue Nyce, skipped the service and made their home available to us
for lunch then joined us in their canoe to help do the cleanup. 

THANK YOU ! to the Chippewa Landing Canoe Livery who provided a free
shuttle for us so all our cars were there at the end when we got there. 

It had rained 4.5" to 6 " in the previous few days and the river was very
muddy, high, fast and "pushy".  The river trash was available but hard
to get to yet our professional team managed to take 10 bags of trash
out of the river without a mishap.

I want to thank everyone who so cheerfully worked on this first time project.

You guys ROCK!!!

Look here for the photos of the trip:

Submitted by Norm Fred