Volunteers head out for a cleanup project June 15, 2019, at the Cedar River-Dobbins Creek confluence in Austin as part of the Jay C. Hormel Nature Center’s annual Water Festival.

Grant supports volunteer cleanups

20 litter grabbers available for local projects in Austin area

Austin Public Library director Julie Clinefelter (right) speaks July 30 about the 20 litter grabbers funded by an Austin Area Foundation grant to Cedar River Watershed District (CRWD). Also pictured (left to right) are Tim Ruzek with CRWD; Jeff Baldus of Austin Area Foundation; and Luke Reese with Jay C. Hormel Nature Center.
Riverland Community College volunteers clean July 27, 2019, around the Cedar River at Austin Mill Pond.
Volunteers with the 2 Percent for Conservation group use litter grabbers July 28, 2019, on the Cedar River State Water Trail in Lyle Township as part of an Adopt-A-River cleanup project coordinated with Cedar River Watershed District. The grabbers are two of 20 bought with an Austin Area Foundation grant.
Spruce Up Austin volunteers clean litter from East Side Lake’s eastern shoreline June 24 in Austin as part of CRWD’s Adopt-A-River program.

Formed in 2007, CRWD works to reduce flooding and improve water quality on the Cedar River State Water Trail and its tributaries in southern Minnesota.

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