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Forum: Impressed with cleanup volunteers

Monday, June 11, 2012
Daily Southtown

I had the opportunity to join the Illinois Water TrailKeepers, the city of Blue Island and Openlands as part of their Calumet Waterway Stewards Cleanup Day on June 2. Joining these volunteers was an eye-opener for me.


The Little Calumet River and the Cook County Forest Preserve District reflect the beauty of our region. We all need to do our part to help preserve the value that these natural areas bring to us. These areas also provide an opportunity to attract outside visitors to the region and the economic impact they bring.

To all the volunteers who worked in the hot sun, got their hands dirty and pitched in, your efforts definitely made a difference. They are stewards of our environment, and we should learn from their example to become environmental stewards on our own.

So the next time you are enjoying the forest preserves or boating on the Little Calumet River, take a moment to appreciate these organizations and their volunteers for their hard work. Great job Calumet Waterway Stewards, and we hope to have even more volunteers next year!

Jim Garrett

President, chief executive

Chicago Southland Convention & Visitors Bureau



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