Earth Day cleanup April 21, 5K recycle run April 22

Join your neighbors at the 2012 Earth Day cleanup from 9:30 a.m. to noon, Saturday, April 21.

The annual Earth Day Watershed cleanup brings Minneapolis neighborhoods, businesses and volunteer organizations together to protect our city’s watersheds, lakes, rivers and streams. Volunteers pick up trash and help clean up Minneapolis’ water resources. After the cleanup, volunteers celebrate with refreshments, door prizes and all-ages programs.

In last year’s cleanup, nearly 1,500 volunteers removed more than 10,000 pounds of litter from our neighborhoods and watersheds.

The Minneapolis Park & Recreation Board and the City of Minneapolis launched the cleanup in 1995 to demonstrate both the need to improve the quality of Minneapolis lakes and the effects that individual actions have on urban water quality. This annual event involves cleaning major watersheds and water bodies in the City of Minneapolis including the Chain of Lakes, Lake Nokomis, Lake Hiawatha, Powderhorn Lake, Diamond Lake, Shingle Creek, Minnehaha Creek, Bassett’s Creek and the Mississippi River.

To take part in Earth Day activities, call the Earth Day hotline at 612-313-7722 or visit the Minneapolis Park & Recreation Board’s website.

You can also show your support for Earth Day by taking part in the Minneapolis Recycle Run 5K. The race takes place Sunday, April 22 at the Harriet Bandshell, 4135 Lake Harriet Parkway. Tap Minneapolis, a City effort to get more people drinking tap water, is a sponsor of the race, and aluminum water bottles are available for the first 1,000 people to register.

Published Apr. 16, 2012