The Boardman River Clean Sweep (BRCS) is a volunteer based 501(c)(3) non-profit organization formed in 2011. They are orchestrating the 8th annual community-wide cleanup of the Boardman River. The Boardman River is an NRC-designated "Natural River" and a Michigan Blue Ribbon Trout Stream. The cleanup includes riverbank trash pick-ups along all navigable segments of the river, approximately 30 miles.
Three dams have been definitively decided for removal along the river. As this process continues, water drained from nearby ponds has uncovered debris-laden shores that have been under water for almost a century. The dam removals have also created increased water flow, which is great for paddling but complicates the cleanups.
"For this project, we will partner with the Grand Traverse Conservation District, the Kingsley High School 4-H Outdoor Club, and the Traverse Area Paddle Club," said Norman Fred, Club President. "My goal is to not only keep the Boardman cleaned up but also to get other groups involved with river stewardship and that has begun to happen in several other locations in the state."
The ACA/ L.L. Bean Club Fostered Stewardship Grant is going to be used by BRCS to purchase two Old Town 158 canoes to build their capacity for cleanups and to include non-boat owners. The canoes will be used to clean the downtown section of the river where the majority of debris is located.
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