This is the fourth year the Friends of the Boyne River have joined other volunteers across Northern Michigan for a six river clean up, which was held on August 20, 2016.

Al Sturza and Adam Kennedy

Al Sturza and Adam Kennedy

Northern Michigan River Sweep participants annually walk the river banks and float the rivers collecting trash along 100 river miles of the Boyne, Jordan, Maple, Bear, Pigeon and Sturgeon Rivers.  This year the Boyne River Sweep was basically rained out.  However, in spite of the weather, a few hardy volunteers, including Hugh Conklin and Al Sturza, got the job done by going to stream crossings and canoeing the river.

Three years ago the event was organized by Ethan Winchester of Boyne Outfitters with major support from American Rivers – National River Cleanup.  Several groups coordinated activities on specific rivers:

* Friends of the Boyne cleaned the Boyne River
* Friends of the Jordan cleaned the Jordan River
* Petoskey’s Tip of the Mitt Watershed Council took on the Bear River
* Boardman River Clean Sweep cleaned the Sturgeon
* and a fifth group of volunteers cleaned the Pigeon River.

Additional support for the River Sweep program comes from Conservation Resource Alliance, Big Bear Adventures, Charlevoix Conservation District, Michigan Department of Natural Resources and U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service.

Our thanks to the our river sweepers for keeping the program going this year and for helping to minimize trash along the Boyne River.