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Subject:   Public Invited to Join Skagit River Cleanup
For Immediate Release:   
3/4/2008  9:02:00 AM
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SEATTLE - Event Removes Tons of Trash from Wild and Scenic Jewel of the Pacific Northwest

The emerald waters of the wild and scenic Skagit River will shine with an extra shade of green as Seattle City Light employees, the public, river rafters, outdoor enthusiasts and high school students volunteer to clean up 26-miles of the river March 15-16.

The third 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. This is the second year that Seattle City Light is helping to sponsor the event. Last year, volunteers removed more than 4,000 pounds of trash, including car parts, kitchen appliances and a front door.

"The river clean-up is another way Seattle City Light demonstrates its commitment to producing environmentally responsible electricity from the three hydroelectric dams we operate on the Skagit River," Superintendent Jorge Carrasco said. "We take this stewardship responsibility seriously. The cleanup is a natural expansion of the work we already are doing to preserve fish and wildlife habitat and maintain water flows that protect salmon runs."

This years cleanup is targeting a section of the river between Newhalem and Rockport.

"Removing trash from the river improves critical spawning habitat for endangered species, including chinook salmon and bull trout," Seattle City Light Fish Biologist Dave Pflug said.

Seattle City Light and the USDA Forest Service will provide logistical and operational support for the cleanup. Skagit County Public Works is helping with disposal. Guides from Blue Sky Outfitters are donating salmon for a potluck BBQ Saturday night, March 15, to benefit American Whitewaters river conservation efforts. Free camping is available to participants.

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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