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24th Annual Shiawassee River Cleanup Partnership Awarded Funding

Volunteer Some of Your Time to Help Cleanup and Beautify Shiawassee River areas

Posted by Corunna Now at 1:12pm 6/1/19


A volunteer helps paint during Shiawassee River cleanup efforts./Courtesy photo

The Friends of the Shiawassee River (Friends) and the Shiawassee County Health Department, for an unprecedented twelfth consecutive year, have received a grant from the Great Lakes Commission (GLC) Volunteer River, Stream and Creek Cleanup program (administered by GLC with funding from the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy (EGLE)). These funds will support ongoing efforts to improve the health of the Shiawassee River and its surrounding natural resources through events such as the annual Shiawassee River Cleanup and Tire Collection. Everyone interested in pitching in on the River Cleanup is welcome to join the fun. All Cleanup volunteers will receive a free t-shirt and lunch.

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Saturday, July 27th

24th Annual Shiawassee River Cleanup 
9:00 am to 12:00 pm

Volunteers meet at one of the following locations by 9:00 am:
Corunna: McCurdy Park
Owosso: Oakwood Avenue Bridge (behind baseball fields)
Vernon: At the new kayak/canoe launch site in Vernon

NOTE: The Cleanup will be rescheduled for August 10th in the event of inclement weather.

Cleanup Volunteer Appreciation Lunch
12:00 pm – 1:30 pm
All Cleanup volunteers will receive a free t-shirt and lunch.

“Thanks to the commitment of our volunteers and generous event sponsors, over 700 tires have been recycled and removed from the river habitat since the annual cleanup was established 23 years ago,” said Larry Johnson, Director of the Shiawassee County Health Department. “This event is a great way for the community to come together and care for one of our greatest ecological assets, the Shiawassee River. By caring for the river, we’re providing recreational opportunities for the public while ensuring a healthy habitat for aquatic life.”

“The Friends and our supporters have worked for 23 years now to help improve the health of the Shiawassee River and the Annual River Cleanup is truly our best known effort,” said Lorraine Austin, Executive Director for the Friends of the Shiawassee River. “I love the river. It’s always flowing - you can’t step in the same water twice. We all love it in some way or another, whether watching it, listening to it, playing in it, or taking care of it. There’s no wrong or right way to love the river. There’s no dress code or age requirement to love the river and receive all of the treasures that it gives to us. On July 27th, we’ll all have the opportunity to give back to the Shiawassee for all it has given us – and will give to future generations.”

In addition to the GLC grant funding, several business sponsors have been generous enough to help put on this event – many for several years running. This year’s sponsors include: Cheff’s Canoe Rental, Foster Coffee, Hankerd Sportswear, J & S Tire, Mancino’s, Matador’s Pizza, Oster Manufacturing, Shiawassee County Health Department, and Waste Management.

Cleanup Volunteers can choose to assist with the cleanup in the river and parks, or paddle stretches of the river via canoe and search for tires. Volunteers should wear old clothes and shoes so that they can walk in the river. Tires collected from the river by volunteers will be recycled free of charge, courtesy of the Shiawassee County Health Department. Community members who wish to recycle old tires (not from the river) can bring them to the Shiawassee County Road Commission on July 27th, from 8 am until 12:00 pm. Tires will be accepted for a fee of $2 per car/truck tire without rims, and $3 for tires with a rim. Semi-truck tires will be accepted for a fee of $5 each without a rim, and $10 dollars for each tire with a rim. No tractor tires will be accepted. Arrangements for advance tire donation and storage can be made by calling Shiawassee County Health Department at (989) 743-2392.

For more information about this event, individuals may visit the Friends’ website at, visit their Facebook page, call the Friends’ office at (989) 723-9062, or send an email to The Shiawassee County Health Department can be contacted by calling (989) 743-2392 or by visiting their website, The Health Department is also on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.
Michigan’s Volunteer River, Stream and Creek Cleanup Program began in 1998 and has been funded through various public acts. Funding for this program comes from fees collected from the sale of Michigan’s Water Quality Protection License Plates. These grants help foster local stewardship and a sense of community while protecting Michigan’s waters. Additional information on the VRSCCP program is available online at or by e-mailing Laura Kaminski, Great Lakes Commission, at

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