The annual Muskegon River Trash Bash is set for August, and volunteers are needed for the clean-up event that will take place throughout the month, organizers announced this week.
Typically, the trash bash is a one-day event, but, because of Covid-19, the Muskegon River Watershed Assembly is organizing it as a month-long clean-up. Volunteers will be able to complete their clean-up any day in August, and volunteers will be able to pick their own clean-up team, day, and location along the Muskegon River.
“A river clean-up makes a great family outing or team building event and allows a perfect opportunity to get outside and practice social distancing,” the Muskegon River Watershed Assembly wrote in a press release. “You can clean up an area while tubing your favorite reach, hiking a trail, fishing a secret spot, or take a leisurely boat ride on a hot afternoon. You are the boss on picking the place and the time and date.”
For this year’s event, one team member must register on the Muskegon River Watershed Assembly’s Trash Bash website and must complete their clean-up in August to be eligible for an appreciation gift and to receive a certificate of achievement as a “protector of the river.” One-person teams are welcome. Once an individual has registered, they will receive an email with additional details.
The assembly emphasized in its press release that there are “many miles of rivers and acres of land that can use our help.”
Traveling from Houghton Lake in Roscommon County to Muskegon, where it empties into Muskegon Lake, the Muskegon River is Michigan’s second largest river and travels about 216 miles across nine counties. The Muskegon River Watershed covers about 2,725 miles and includes 94 connecting streams.
“By land or by water…the river needs our help,” the Muskegon River Watershed Assembly wrote. “And nothing beats a day on the ‘Mighty Muskegon.'”
For more information and to register, please click here. There is no cost to participate, and the clean-up is open to everyone.