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Hundreds of Volunteers Clean Up Local River Banks

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LANSING, MICH. (WLNS) - As miles of river water flow through the Lansing area in both the Red Cedar and Grand River-- dozens of volunteers grabbed a garbage bag, pulled out a map, and got to cleaning up along the river banks today.

“We’re here to make a better place for the animals and the people and the community that we live in,” said Girl Scout Troop Leader Cassandra Martin.

She is just one of hundreds of volunteers today at the “Adopt a River” event put on by Lansing’s BWL and Impressions 5 Science Center. She and her scouts are hoping to make a positive impact on the environment

“We're her to clean up the river because it kinda feels pretty good to take care of the animals and to make sure our world is cleaner and a happier place,” said Treena Scieszka, girl scout.

“It’s a lot of celebrating the river, embracing the river which is a key part of our ecology, our economy and the quality of life in Lansing, said Mayor Virg Benero.

Organizers say this event is essential to keeping the Red Cedar river and Grand River clean-- especially in areas often used as a dumping site for trash.

“I know that we've literally pulled out tons of trash since the 21 years we've been doing this,” said Amy Akers, social media specialist. so there's been a huge impact long term of things being taken out and cleaned up.”

And even the youngest of volunteers are taking away a very special lesson--in hopes that you too will do your part to make a change
“You should get out there and go clean up your world,” said Scieszka. 

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