“Thanks to the commitment of our volunteers and generous event sponsors, more than 700 tires and hundreds of pounds of garbage and debris have been removed from the river since our first cleanup more than 20 years ago” said Larry Johnson, Director of the Shiawassee County Health Department. “This event is a great way for the community to come together and care for one of our greatest natural treasures, the Shiawassee River. By caring for the river, we’re providing recreational opportunities for the public and ensuring a healthy habitat for aquatic life.”
In 1996, the Friends of the Shiawassee River was founded by a group of individuals who wanted to continue the work of Owosso resident, Jim Miner. In the 1970's, Miner organized some of the first volunteer river cleanup events in Owosso. These events inspired a generation of river stewards, and ultimately the formation of the Friends.
Cleanup Volunteers can choose to assist with the cleanup in the river and parks, or paddle stretches of the river via canoe and search for tires. Volunteers should wear old clothes and shoes so that they can walk in the river, or along the riverbank. Tires collected from the river by volunteers will be recycled free of charge, courtesy of the Shiawassee County Health Department. Community members who wish to recycle old tires (not from the river) can bring them to the Shiawassee County Road Commission on July 28th, from 8 a.m. until 12:00 p.m. Tires will be accepted for a fee of $2 per car/truck tire without rims, and $3 for tires with a rim. Semi-truck tires will be accepted for a fee of $5 each without a rim, and $10 dollars for each tire with a rim. No tractor tires will be accepted. Arrangements for advance tire donation and storage can be made by calling Shiawassee County Health Department at (989) 743-2392.
The Shiawassee County Health Department and the Friends have received grant funding from the Department of Environmental Quality and the Great Lakes Commission Volunteer River, Stream and Creek Cleanup program. The funds will support ongoing efforts to improve the health of the Shiawassee River and its surrounding natural resources through events such as the annual Shiawassee River Cleanup and tire collection.
For more information about this event, contact the Friends of the Shiawassee River at ShiawasseeRiver.org, on the Friends’ Facebook page, by calling (989) 723-9062, or sending an email to email@example.com. The Shiawassee County Health Department can be contacted by calling (989) 743-2392, or by visiting their website, http://health.shiawassee.net/Environmental-Health. The Health Department is also on Facebook.
The mission of the Shiawassee County Health Department is to prevent disease, protect the health of the public and enhance the quality of life for Shiawassee County residents by providing information and services. The Environmental Health Division’s broad objective is to provide a means of safeguarding the environment. This is necessary for the health and welfare of the users and all other persons in Shiawassee County.