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NWP Global Registry of Apprentice Ecologists - Riverwalk, Downtown Naperville, Illinois, USA

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Riverwalk, Downtown Naperville, Illinois, USA
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Registered: August 2007
City/Town/Province: Naperville
Posts: 1
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Growing up in a rural area, Iíve always been surrounded by the environment. Recently I began to realize how Iíve always taken this for granted. I love nature and the relaxing sensation it provides me, but Iíve never gone out of my way to preserve its beauty. Because of this, I decided to clean up part of the Riverwalk area of downtown Naperville.

I choose a clear day with warm weather to start my task. The cityís carillon provided occasional instances of welcomed entertainment throughout the afternoon. While I was picking up trash, I told people in the area what I was doing. By doing this, I hoped that Iíd inspire them to clean up another part of our community!

Several hours and a bag and a half of garbage later, I was satisfied with the area. I was slightly discouraged that I was able to find so much garbage though, because I thought this meant a lot of people carelessly littered. However, I suddenly realized that the area didnít have enough trash receptacles, resulting in all the litter. I knew that if I could get trash cans installed the situation would significantly improve.

Iíve since sent a letter to several city officials, urging them to improve the garbage and recycling program along the Riverwalk area. I look forward to see if my effort will help the community. Iím already pleased with the work Iíve done, knowing that Iíve created a cleaner and safer place in nature.
Date: August 2, 2007 ∑ Views: 5779 ∑ File size: 28.0kb, 139.1kb: 768 x 1024 ∑
Hours Volunteered: 6
Volunteers: 1
Authors Age & Age Range of Volunteers: 17
Area Restored for Native Wildlife (hectares): 4
Trash Removed/Recycled from Environment (kg): 25
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