Lansing’s Adopt A River program was organized by the BWL in 1994 to restore pride in one of our area’s great natural resources.Adopt A River encourages businesses, unions, schools and civic groups to adopt sections of the Grand and Red Cedar Rivers and to keep their banks and nearby areas clean and free from litter. Numerous groups are currently signed on as adopters of sections of the two rivers.
The BWL continues to provide support for Adopt A River. Two general river cleanup days are organized each year, one in the spring and one in the fall. Everyone is invited to join these efforts and take part in a picnic lunch along the Grand River following the cleanup.
In 2006, the BWL began a new partnership with Impression 5 Science Center to coordinate the Adopt A River program. River cleanup headquarters is now located at Impression 5 Science Center along the Riverwalk at 200 Museum Drive in Lansing. The partnership will provide new opportunities to broaden and enhance the program, including free admission to Impression 5 Science Center the day of river cleanups for Adopt A River volunteers. Impression 5 will focus its Super Saturday exhibits on learning about ecology and the environment on those days.
Since the program began, Adopt A River volunteers have cleared literally tons of litter and junk from our rivers and river banks. Adopt A River volunteers are a major reason why these Lansing resources are being returned to their natural beauty.
For more information or to sign up for the next river cleanup, please call: Erik Larson, Impression 5 Science Center, 485-8116 ext. 43.
Our Spring 2008 Adopt A River Day launched our first annual poster contest. Schoolchildren from across Greater Lansing can compete, and the winning poster becomes the official Adopt A River poster for that entire year. Each spring, more than 500 volunteers scour the riverfront to clean and beautify the Grand and Red Cedar rivers. Our award-winning Adopt A River program has become a model for other communities.
Highlights of our Spring 2009 Adopt A River Day included giving away hundreds of trees to volunteers, activities for children and our Second Annual Poster Contest. Waverly second-grader Leslie Miller was the top poster winner. Her poster becomes the official 2009 Adopt A River poster.