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Inside, Out, and About

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You can celebrate Earth Day by going Inside, Out and About.

River Action holds its annual fundraiser Fish & Fire on April 22nd inside the suite at Modern Woodmen Park. It will be an exciting evening with the announcement of Eddy Award Winners. So many programs can trace a lineage to these leaders. From Wapsi River Cleanups, the largest mussel relocation in history, a new Princeton trail start-up, new solutions for cleaning stormwater, recognition for Upper Mississippi River ports, opportunities for sporting events on trails, the renovation of an office building with river views to a hotel to unusual outdoor classrooms for students, these innovators have presided over transformational moments.

In addition, the evening includes a fish & chips dinner, a silent auction, and the awarding of Eddy Scholarships to a high school graduate, a college undergrad, and a graduate student. Sponsored by the Tony Singh Family Foundation, these awards honor students who have gone against the current, as in an eddy, to achieve excellence in their school careers, and who aspire to a career in an environmental field. One has created a Sustainability Warriors Podcast. Another has chaired a Community Conservation Club and transformed a 7,000 sq ft lawn into native plants, and a third has worked as the compost coordinator at his college after living at an intentional sustainable community in Washington.

The Out part is outdoors on the riverfront where we are inviting the public to help us pick up 30 miles of riverfront paths, Saturday, April 23, 9-noon. Not all thirty miles at once, certainly, but asking volunteers to select a half-mile segment to pick up; that is in keeping with our year round Adopt-a-Path program of half-mile sections. Bags, gloves, and energy bars will be at two locations: in Iowa at the Channel Cat Dock in lower Lindsay Park, Davenport, and in Illinois, behind the bandshell at Schwiebert Park, Rock Island.

Finally, the About part. We are emphasizing the many ways one can get out and about on the river this summer, from the Channel Cat Talks, Riverine Walks, Ride and Seek, Ride the River, Golf Cart Tours, and Floatzilla to learn all about the river. All are available at www.riveraction.org.