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Rivers

Help Our Rivers

More than 3.5 million miles of rivers are found across the United States! Rivers provide important habitats for many organisms. Rivers also play an important role in supplying us with freshwater, serve as an avenue for transportation, and provide us with numerous recreational opportunities! The Missouri River is the longest in the United States. It flows along the borders of seven states before entering the Mississippi River, which ultimately flows into the Gulf of Mexico. It is important that rivers be kept clean and freely flowing so as to continue to benefit future generations of people across the planet!

 

 

 

 

 

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Keeping Rivers Clean

Rivers worldwide have taken a beating by being used as dumping grounds for old tires, used appliances, and other hazardous waste. Additionally storm water runoff from urban areas adds tons of plastic debris to rivers, while flooding carries in odd items like bowling balls, toys, and lawn furniture. Not only is this pollution unsightly, river trash impairs fish, bird, and wildlife habitat and pollutes our waters. Organizations like Living Lands & Waters (LL&W) work to protect rivers and their inhabitants. LL&W is a non-profit organization that has been cleaning up this debris since 1998. Aboard a fully operational barge on which the collected garbage is sorted and stored, the LL&W crew travels the nation’s waterways, enlisting the help of local volunteers and cleaning up America's rivers. Crew members also organize tree plantings, invasive species removal projects, and educational workshops in an all encompassing effort to protect river ecosystems.

 

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Living Lands and Waters