As many readers of this blog already know, cleaning crud out of a river can be a humbling experience. You go out in a canoe or kayak you take great pains to maintain, keeping it in ship-shape through the most brutal of seasons... and you load it up with sloppy, muddy, slimey crud. Or, you slosh around on a slippery riverbank knowing you'll never be able to wear these shoes and jeans again, because of the abuse you're subjecting them to!
Of course, there are great rewards that make the project very worthwhile. In your wake, you leave behind a place that is nicer than when you started, and your eyes are the first to take it all in. But also, this nicer place will be appreciated by many who follow, and hopefully, help keep it clean and pristine for years to come.
Another reward is when peers you respect get excited about what you're doing.
Today, I got an email from Carrie Maurer-Ackerman, the Program Coordinator for Minnesota Waters. She let me know that a story about our project would be published in the Spring 2009 newsletter/tab. It turned out really nice, thanks to the hard work of Jamison Reginek, the author of the story and a dedicated intern for MN Waters. You can visit the organization's web site at http://www.minnesotawaters.org/, or surf right to the complete newsletter by clicking here. The group also gave us permission to create some reprints. So you can click on the image below to enlarge the story, or download a copy by clicking here.
Our thanks to Minnesota Waters for their kind remarks about our project.