On October 13, Girl Scouts in Albertville, St. Michael and Hanover will celebrate their final Girl Scout Centennial event by working together to improve the local watershed. Taking place in all 49 counties of the Girl Scouts of Minnesota and Wisconsin River Valleys Council, the Centennial Day of Service: 2012 Take Action Project is designed to remove 20,000 pounds of phosphorus, prevent 10 million pounds of algae growth and save $6 million in clean-up costs through a one-day effort.
"Girls in our area will be raking leaves, distributing door hangers and marking select storm drains," local coordinator Jen Peltz said. The girls will mark the drains with an "Only Rain Down the Storm Drain" message.
"The hope is that these activities will raise awareness of the chain reaction that occurs when leaves and grass clippings are allowed to go down storm drains. This debris goes directly into our local watershed and promotes algae overgrowth, depleting oxygen levels in our waterways and making if difficult for fish and other animals to survive," she added.
Over 250 girls in Albertville, St. Michael and Hanover are expected to participate in partnership with the Freshwater Society and with support from 3M. Girls will gather at various locations starting at 9 a.m. and end with a celebration at Central Park in Albertville.
To learn more about the Centennial Day of Service: 2012 Take Action Project, visit GSRV100.org.