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Crooked River Adventures Hosts "Clean Up the Cuyahoga" Sept. 25 and Seeks Volunteers

Posted Sep, 10, 2010

The days of the Cuyahoga River catching on fire may be a thing of the past, but there is still a substantial amount of trash and debris lingering in the water. When Crooked River Adventures opened in mid-May, it made it a part of its mission to stress environmental concerns to the local community. Keeping true to its promise, Kent's newest business will host the second annual “Clean Up the Cuyahoga” on Saturday, Sept. 25.

“In addition to our safety briefing, every customer we send down the river is educated on the ‘Leave No Trace’ philosophy,” said Chris Hendricks, livery manager at Crooked River Adventures. “We educate them on how to safely and properly navigate the river with minimal impact to the environment.”

The event is designed to have two groups of volunteers travel down the river, picking up garbage along the way. Group one will depart from Tannery Park in Kent and travel to Brust Park in Monroe Falls. Group two will depart from Brust Park and travel to Waterworks Park in Cuyahoga Falls. Both groups will start collecting trash at 8:30 a.m., with the event expected to last three to four hours.

“We've had such a tremendous first year,” Hendricks said. “Nearly 2,000 people have paddled with us. We want to give back to the community that has so graciously welcomed us.”

Volunteers will be shuttled to and from locations, provided the equipment they need to pick-up trash, and served lunch. Crooked River Adventures will have 20 kayaks and seven canoes on hand for volunteers to use. Previous paddling experience is recommended, but not required. Any volunteers that have their own boats are welcome to bring them and return transportation will be provided. The livery is also looking for volunteers to walk along the river bank, assisting those in boats and picking up debris that has washed ashore.

Volunteers interested in helping with the event should contact Hendricks at 330-672-2802 or chendri9@kent.edu by Sept. 22. Last year's event helped clean up more than five tons of debris from the river.

Crooked River Adventures will be completing its inaugural year this October. The Department of Recreational Services at Kent State University oversees the operation of the facility and has received statewide recognition for its award-winning boating programs from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources Division of Watercraft. For more information about Crooked River Adventures, call 330-541-7467 or visit www.kent.edu/crookedriver.

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Media Contacts:
Chris Hendricks, chendri9@kent.edu, 330-672-2802
Jason Hawk, jphawk@kent.edu, 330-672-0465