The Des Moines River contributes mightily to the quality of life in our community. Its natural beauty is a delight to behold. Additionally, it is an important recreational asset that affords pleasure to a wide cross-section of area residents and visitors.
Sadly, thoughtless individuals all too often use the river and its immediate environment as a dumping ground for trash. To counteract the effects of that despicable behavior, the city of Fort Dodge and Webster County Conservation are organizing a river cleanup. This event - named River Trash Bash 2012 - will be held Saturday.
The goals for River Trash Bash are fourfold;
Get trash out of the river,
Expose people to a precious natural resource,
Get people outdoors and
Help people better understand the local watershed.
River cleanups - under various sponsorships - have taken place locally since 2005, according to Karen Hansen of Webster County Conservation. A number of local businesses and organizations are lending support to this year's effort. They include Amigos, Becker Florist & Garden Center, Champion Pre-Owned Center, Daniel Tire Co., Double M Signs, First Federal Bank, Fort Dodge Community Recreation Center, Fort Dodge Ford Toyota, Friendship Haven, Frontier Communications, Iowa Central Community College, McClure Engineering, Northwest Bank and Town & Country Insurance.
Volunteers are critical to the success of this important undertaking. To register and/or reserve a canoe, contact Hansen at 576-4258 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Volunteers will gather at 8 a.m. Saturday at the Hydro-Electric Park boat ramp.
The Messenger enthusiastically backs River Trash Bash 2012. Volunteer efforts to enhance the community benefit everyone who lives or visits here. They warrant strong support.