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4rd Annual Betsie River Clean Sweep

Norm R Fred  | Published on 6/13/2015
 
4th Annual Betsie River Clean Sweep
June 13, 2015
 
 Mike and the BCD invited everyone to a pancake breakfast at the
First Congregational Church in Benzonia. 
  
 
THANK YOU CHRIS and JOHN !!!
 
 
 
The whole crew.
 

 
 The Homestead Dam to Benzonia Crew.
 
Dan Hahn led a contingent of Lake Ann Boy Scouts and their family members.
Also present were some folks from Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Traverse City.
 
 
 The trees were filled with miles of fishing line and 100s of hooks.
 
  
 
 Mary Lee found a lot of them.
 
 
 
 So did I.
 
 
John and Laura helped a lot with their canoe.
 
 
 A little fawn hid from us but I got his photo - sort of.
 
 
 
Woody and Dan helped to unravel the mess at the end.
 

 
 We were tired but happy to be done and off the river safely with 5 big bags of trash.
 
 
Steve from the Benzonia Campgrounds crew stopped by to take the garbage.
 
 
 
Lastly -  Here's a good reason to ALWAYS WEAR SHOES while paddling.
 
 This section of the Betsie was in worst shape than I have ever seen it.
 
I don't have any idea how to make it better and neither does anyone else.
 
I guess we are destined to clean this river until the fishermen learn to take better
care of their favorite river.   At this point they are loving it to DEATH!
 
Submitted by Norm Fred