Fourth grader encourages river health with cleanup

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By Erin Clifford
Lansing Star staff writer 

Inspired by Post Oak Elementary fourth grader Emma Clark, the downtown Lansing river trail was relieved of several garbage bags-worth of trash on Saturday. Clark’s mother, Carol, said the idea sparked when her daughter noticed how polluted the river was and asked why nothing had been done to improve the conditions.

The project came together after several weeks of pitching the idea to the school’s PTA. The City of Lansing agreed to pick up the trash after it had been gathered and upwards of 50 people volunteered to lend a hand during the 9 a.m. to noon event. “Everyone had fun,” Clark said, “and no one fell in the river.”

Clark, along with fellow volunteers Tony and Nan Beyers, said they hoped to make a fall river cleanup an annual event downtown. The volunteers cleared the river from the Turner-Dodge House and Heritage Center down to Impression Five Science Center, resulting in approximately 1.7 miles of a trash-free river.

View River cleanup route in a larger map
View River cleanup route on a Google map.

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  1. Thank you, Erin, for such a nice write up on the River Trail Clean-Up. I’m so proud of my daughter and it’s nice to see her efforts supported and applauded. Lovely piece 🙂