Non-Profit Group ECO-Action marks 500th Canoe Cleanup

Monday, 23 June 2008
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A big congratulations goes out to the Florida based, non-profit group, ECO-Action for recently reaching a major milestone. They recently completed their 500th organized cleanup.

Talk about dedication, for the past 12 years, been rounding up people to paddle around Central Florida's waterways in canoes picking up litter.
A big congratulations goes out to the Florida based, non-profit group, ECO-Action for recently reaching a major milestone. They recently completed their 500th organized cleanup.

Talk about dedication, for the past 12 years, been rounding up people to paddle around Central Florida's waterways in canoes picking up litter.

According to the news article, more then 5,000 people have participated in the clean-ups since they began.

Stephen Nordlinger, an ECO-Action board member, started the cleanups with a few friends after he found a turtle on Little Econlockhatchee River that couldn't submerge itself.

A veterinarian's X-ray revealed the cause: its intestines were clogged with Styrofoam.

They recently held a celebration of their 500th clean-up under tents because of severe thunderstorms throughout the day. Even with the rain, a group of paddlers were able to get out and collect some trash.

"This is all the hard-core people," said Gregory Simpson, 38, of Altamonte Springs. "We get dirty. We get grungy. We get wet."

More info: orlandosentinel.com
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David Johnston

David Johnston

David Johnston has been introducing people to the sport of sea kayaking for the past 15 years. He is a senior instructor trainer with Paddle Canada and teaches for several paddling schools in Ontario, Canada. Full Bio.

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