Ice Mountain employees and their family members were part of approximately 30 volunteers who spent the morning of September 14th removing debris from the Muskegon River in Evart, Michigan. Other volunteers included City of Evart residents, State of Michigan Representative Joel Johnson (District 97), and City of Evart vacationers.
During the kick-off meeting held in Riverside Park, downtown Evart, Mark Wilson, Evart’s Park and Recreation Director and State of Michigan Representative, Joel Johnson, said a few words to the group about safety and gave special thanks to all the sponsors before the volunteers hit the river. The volunteers then split up into three teams. The “Upstream Team” and the “Downstream Team” took to canoes and kayaks, the third team walked both sides of the Muskegon River, picking up debris from along the banks.
The project was funded through the Great Lakes Commission, Michigan’s Department of Environmental Quality and through donations from the City of Evart, J&J’s River Run Canoe Livery and Ice Mountain. This first river clean up for the City of Evart was a great success and discussions about next year’s cleanup are already in the works.
During the five hour clean-up, tires, a 55-gallon drum, cans, broken glass, and lawn chairs were just a few of the items that were removed from the river. Ice Mountain also hosted a lunch at Riverside Park for all the volunteers after the clean-up.