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'It's Our River Day' event planned in Algonquin

Published: Tuesday, Sept. 17, 2013 11:48 p.m. CDT

ALGONQUIN – The Environmental Defenders of McHenry County and the village of Algonquin are sponsoring the sixth annual “It’s Our River Day” celebration and cleanup.

The event will be from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday at Cornish Park in downtown Algonquin at the intersection of South Harrison Street and Route 62 (at the dam).

It’s Our River Day, a statewide celebration, kicks off in Algonquin with speakers at 1 p.m., including a welcome by Trustee Jerry Glogowski.

Brief presentations will be given by a representative of the Jelkes Creek Watershed and Cindy Skrukrud of Sierra Club. There will be opportunities to meet representatives from environmental and outdoor groups and to learn about their activities.

The Fox River cleanup begins at 2 p.m. The Illinois Water Trailkeepers from the Illinois Paddling Council and members from the Prairie State Canoeists will conduct an in-river cleanup between Cornish Park and Fox River Shores.

The Fox River Jeep Club will clean up Buffalo Park. The Sierra Club will provide bags and gloves for the shoreline cleanup.

The event is free and open to the public. Groups are welcome.

For information, contact Katie Parkhurst, senior planner, at 847-658-4184.

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