Casting Votes, Saving Rivers

By Susan Littlefield

River Network is an organization devoted to saving one of the earth's most precious resources -- fresh water. Population growth, climate change, stormwater-caused pollution, and wetland destruction are just some of the many factors contributing to the degradation of our fresh waterways. River Networks's approach is to work with local groups to develop strategies to address river and watershed conservation and protection in diverse ways.

To that end, River Network has joined with MillerCoors to award nearly $60,000 in grants to support watershed protection programs. They have selected six finalists from across the country. And they want you to help select the winners!

Through 5 p.m. PST on March 19, 2012, you can vote online for the project you think will do the best job protecting water resources. The finalist with the largest vote total will receive a $25,000 grant. Second and third place vote getters will be awarded $15,000 and $10,000, respectively, with the remaining projects receiving $2000 each.

The finalists are Friends of Marsh Creek in Oakley, California; Clinton River Watershed Council in Rochester Hills, Michigan; Friends of the Mississippi River in St. Paul, Minnesota; Ohio River Foundation in Cincinnati, Ohio; Lake Champlain International in Colchester, Vermont; and Friends of the Rappahannock in Frederickburg, Virginia.

To find out more about River Network, read more about the projects each of the contest finalists has planned, and to cast your vote, go to: River Network.

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