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Subject:   It's a special weekend for 26 miles along the Skagit River
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3/12/2007  9:00:00 AM
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It's a special weekend for 26 miles along the Skagit River
City Light and USDA Forest Service join Skagit River Cleanup


SEATTLE - While many celebrate the wearing of the green for St. Paddys day, Seattle City Light and US Forest Service employees will be adding to the green of the magnificent Skagit River. City Light and the Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest are partnering with dozens of rafters, kayakers and outdoor enthusiasts in a volunteer effort to clean up a 26-mile section of the Skagit River on March 17 and 18.

The second annual cleanup organized by Marblemount-based Blue Sky Outfitters as a part of National River Cleanup Week will involve trash removal by volunteers walking the rivers banks and floating downstream in Blue Skys rafts. Last year, volunteers pulled more than 2,000 pounds of trash - including rusted barrels and a refrigerator - from a 10-mile section of the Skagit.

This years cleanup is targeting a section of the river between Newhalem and Rockport. Guides from Blue Sky Outfitters are donating salmon for a potluck BBQ Saturday night, March 17, to benefit American Whitewaters river conservation efforts. The rafting company also is offering free camping to those who participate.

Seattle City Light and the USDA Forest Service will provide logistical and operational support to volunteers picking up debris, including employees from both organizations who will be joining the cleanup, providing equipment, trucks to haul away trash, boats to carry participants and also donating their time to protect this environmental jewel of the Pacific Northwest. The public is invited and encouraged to join in. For more information on volunteering, visit Blue Sky Outfitters Web site at http://www.blueskyoutfitters.com/skagit-river-cleanup.asp Skagit River dams have provided electricity to City Light since 1924 and currently produce about 17 percent of the utilitys energy supply.


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