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Conserve the Carson River cleanup is Saturday

by Linda Hiller

For the third year, Soroptimist International of Carson Valley is sponsoring a Conserve the Carson River workday and everyone is welcome to participate.

“We have something for everyone to do,” said event coordinator Cora Hansen. Last year’s work on the Carson River was in the vicinity of the Lahontan Fish Hatchery and attended by 150 volunteers, she said.

For that effort, the Carson Valley Soroptimists received national recognition from Soroptimists Federation, which includes United States and Pacific Rim organizations, ranking No. 14 for “Make a Difference Day” projects.

Volunteers in this year’s event will be working on approximately 1/2-mile of the Carson River just east of the Lutheran Bridge in Gardnerville, and will be planting trees, cleaning up trash, installing wood duck nesting boxes constructed by the Boy Scouts, bat boxes made by China Spring residents, planting 1,000 cutthroat trout and wrapping tree trunks with chicken wire to protect against beaver damage.

The motto for Saturday’s effort is “Bring Your Helping Hands,” Hansen said, and everyone who participates will receive a free T-shirt showing that sentiment.

“This year, we are expecting up to twice as many participants, so we’ve ordered more T-shirts from China Spring,” Hansen said.

Eagle Scout candidate Jason Jarrett from Troop 140, a junior at Douglas High School, will be helping coordinate Saturday’s effort.

Soroptimists will provide free hot dogs and drinks for the volunteers and the Lion’s Club will be cooking.

Other sponsors include the USDA, Lahontan Fish Hatchery, the Natural Resources Conservation Service, Bently Nevada Corp., Boy Scouts of America and the Carson Water Subconservancy District.

“This is all part of conserving the watershed, and showing that everything is interconnected on the river,” said Dan Kaffer, NRCS employee and event participant. “We expect to involve 800 people in all five counties, because somebody is always downstream and affected by those upstream.”

Kaffer said the wood duck nesting boxes slated to be installed Saturday are used by 17 species, not just the wood ducks.

Tuesday, Hansen and Karen Edwards, representing the Family Support Council, one of Soroptimists’ chosen recipients for this year, accepted a grant of $1,500 from Wal-Mart to purchase of trees and other supplies needed for Saturday’s work on the river.

“We want to say thanks to the Hussmans for allowing us access to the river through their property,” Kaffer said.

n Where to go, what to bring. Volunteers should be at the Lutheran Bridge on Centerville Road by 8:30 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 24. To get there, go to Sharkey’s Nugget at the corner of Highway 395 and Gilman Avenue in Gardnerville, turn south on Gilman and continue to the bridge.

Organizers are suggesting that participants bring work gloves, sturdy shoes, extra socks, water to drink, a shovel, a cup or bucket to haul fish in and wire cutters if possible. All ages are welcome.

The workday is expected to run from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. For more information, call Hansen at 782-1045.

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