Pierce Youth Academy embarks on Clearwater River cleanup | Idaho

PIERCE – For the fourth year, an energetic group of cadets from Idaho Youth ChalleNGe Academy, located in Pierce, ID, have come together to make a difference during the annual Clearwater River Cleanup Day on September 17th. Cadets cleared hundreds of pounds of debris and garbage from the river and shore along a 5 mile stretch from Cherry Lane to Gibbs Eddy.

“Although we host this event every year to help clean up the river, our goal is to find less and less garbage each time” said Richard White, Cottonwood Field Manager. “Together with the Clearwater Management Council, we really try to encourage everyone who recreates themselves on the river to leave no trace.”

The annual Cleanup Day event is supported by the Cottonwood field office of the Bureau of Land Management and the Clearwater Management Council (CMC), a multi-agency, multi-county group that cooperatively monitors and manages environmental aspects, social and recreational activities of the river. It was also one of thousands of volunteer events held as part of National Public Lands Day across the country this month.

In total, the volunteers who participated in the cleanup event contributed over 200 hours of work. Their efforts along the 5 mile stretch of the river will allow the public to continue to have a quality recreational experience and enjoy the beauty of the Clearwater River.

After the clean-up effort, the volunteers enjoyed a barbecue lunch hosted by members of the CMC. In gratitude for the outstanding efforts and participation of the ChalleNGe Academy, the Board donated $ 400 to the IDYCA Foundation, crowning a rewarding effort to beautify the river.

Nez Perce County Commissioner Don Beck (left) and Idaho County Commissioner Denis Duman (right) present the Idaho Youth Challenge Academy TSgt. McKinney with a check for $ 400 for cadet volunteer efforts.

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