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July 18, 2008

Green Your Rafting Trip -- River Cleanup

Athabasca_falls America's rivers suffer all manner of degradation, including erosion, dams, trash, and pollution. To improve rivers close to home or on your next rafting trip, start with these three steps:

Get in the know. Read the EPA's River Restoration guidelines, which outline goals for restoring ecological integrity, natural function, and combating the causes of degradation

Go local. Check out the American Rivers National River Cleanup program for information about cleanups near you or help organizing a cleanup of your own on a local river.

Think big. Real river geeks can join American Whitewater's StreamTeam, whose members monitor flows and water conditions and submit data to an online database. And if you discover pollution, report it with the help of Waterkeeper Alliance.

Want to get your rafting buddies involved? Send a river cleanup e-card!

--J.S.

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