It’s that time again in the year to stop and recognize the ongoing activities associated with improvements to the Ottawa River and understand the importance of this ecosystem on UT’s Main Campus.
The President’s Commission on the River has organized four events for this year’s Celebrate Our River Week.
“The work of the President’s Commission on the River and our partners to improve the beauty, environment, access, enjoyment and educational opportunities of the Ottawa River on Main Campus remains an important effort at the University,” said Dr. Patrick Lawrence, UT professor and chair of the Department of Geography and Planning, and chair of the commission.
Events scheduled are:
• Wednesday, Sept. 14 — Improvements will be made to the Mary Sue Cave Rain Garden next to the International House from 1 to 3 p.m. and to the Carolyn Edwards Memorial Rain Garden north of parking area 10 from 3 to 5 p.m.
• Thursday and Friday, Sept. 15 and 16 — Information displays on a proposed river restoration available for viewing in Carlson Library.
• Saturday, Sept. 17 — Clean Your Streams. Take a couple hours to help clean the banks of the Ottawa River on Main Campus. Sign in at the Student River Plaza will begin at 8 a.m. Be part of this community-wide event that has collected more than 79 tons of trash, including a pipe organ, prom dress and antique washing machine, on the banks of area waterways over the last 14 years.
“The University is a partner for the 15th annual Clean Your Streams,” Lawrence said. “This is a great event for all members of the UT community, especially students, to be engaged and involved with our environmental efforts, including for the Ottawa River, and participate in this regional event.”
For more information or to register, go to www.partnersforcleanstreams.org/CYS.html.
To learn more about Celebrate Our River Week, contact Lawrence at firstname.lastname@example.org or 419.530.4128.