The Cities | Curtis Lundy & Rick Nelson discuss XStream Cleanup | WQPT

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it's time to clean the river and make sure the harvest is shared by all
in the cities
it's not yet harvest season but they're is the potential that this year's corn
and soybean crops to be among the largest ever seen
in a moment we'll talk about an effort to get that grain to everyone as area
farmers band together to feed the hungry but first saving the river in the
nineteenth century those who settled in davenport moline in rock island came
here for one big reason the mississippi river
it was the lifeline for early commerce after decades of growth though we turn
it back to the river building huge industrial buildings that blocked our
view the mississippi was seen as a utility
a work horse
a dumping ground
as we've seen neighborhood revivals in each of the city's we've also seen a
revival of the rivers including an anunnal cleanup effort led by
environmentalists chad is our in national attention
it is that time again for extreme cleanup joining our two people care
deeply about the river
we've got that not only
rick nelson from the u_s_ fish and wildlife service we also have a curtis
lundy who is with living lands and water gentlemen thank you for joining me
pleasure curtis let's start with you because that
this is the big event that's coming up the big extreme cleanup
along with and in this in this area has a eighth year of our extreme
cleanup uh... we usually get twelve hundred seventeen hundred people
from our area to come out bend over picked up
drag out in the hallway tens of thousands of pounds of trash
in our eight years
uh... pulled out over five hundred thousands pounds of our trash
of uh... trash from our areas waterways you got to say that again
five hundred thousand
uh... of i have half million pounds of trash from the area rivers and the
furniture director streams could be duck creek could be in the illinois waterways
goose creek in our area with uh... greater
illinois iowa quad cities how can you not be appalled
by that amount
well of people will see it on t_v_ and many people are part of it but it is
just incredible what goes in there and uh... many of its tires but we have
cars boats uh... air conditioners tvs
toilets uh... chandeliers just odd things but lots of things and each year
you do have these volunteers that go off and you do have a lot of the same areas
time and again
is it a little frustrating if your because i was saying that some here is just a
all over again you're thinking wait we were just here last year
well if they actually hearting uh... eight years ago when we
get it there were tons of stuff in nice residential areas
we have differentiate between heavy lifting and light lifting spots because
a lot of people really like to get dirty messy sweaty and we can accommodate that
everywhere like we originally could so we're seeing a lot of improvement in our
areas so waterways as far as but we always find uh... there are certain
spots that have uh...
there is there frequently yes by people as their own personal dumping ground
i want to get rick into this with the us
and wildlife service have noticed uh... because you've been here for two decades
in twenty years have you noticed a gradual improvement of the ecosystem
along the riverfront throughout the quad city area
well i think the uh...
the work of chad that has been wonderful
our job is to address
ways to restore protect fish and wildlife habitat
and people want to use that have a habitat but people don't want to use it if it is full of trash
downright dangerous
if people are out there and step on the phone for a dangerous thing like a
steel can or whatever
and uh...
in terms of how the rivers going
it's holding its own
uh... the wonders long-term concern that i have
the the navagation they in fact the settlement
behind the dams
and increasing if increasingly filling in backwaters inside
but right now it's still a tremendous resource it's uh...
one the most important bird routes in the country has been for many
years and will be for many years in the future of the most important
bird route in north america north south migration in my
introduction i was talking about how this kind of renaissance revitalization
of neighborhoods of almost the same seen as far as the river system is in
this area you are seeing condos they'd need river views you got people have a
greater appreciation
of the river is that something that you've noticed year-by-year that seems
to be even improving our
how we platoing in that area
i think there is uh... continuing interest in
again in in fish and wildlife habitat and recreating on that habitat
that i think that's increasing his population increases
our refuges i don't work for a refuges i work for a different
the workforce development agencies but
are refuges continuous increases in in uh... use all the time upper mississippi
river refuge which runs from the quad cities
to quote from minnesota is one of the heavy use refugees in the country
three hundred million visitors per year
switch shows you how much of a resource is still is
and how much the river is usually it still is a work horse you see
on the river all the time but you also see a lot of recreation on the river as
well r_r_ are we still keeping the river as pristine as possible or there's much
more that should be done uh... their there's a long-term need to continue to
restore habitat there have been changes
a lot of them caused by the navigation system for example behind the dams that
uh... especially farther north you have huge stretches of open water that wind
strong enough to to roadway islands that were there when the uh... navigation
dams were put in the thirties and part of the preserve a program called ever
major program has been around for twenty eight years it's a partnership between
the corps of engineers fish and wildlife service in five states minnesota wisconsin
following illinois and missouri that border
benefiting upper mississippi river
and uh...
their projects for a little time to try to restore some of the habitats that
have been lost
so there there's some things that need to change the
the dams prevented the the um...
typical draw down that occurred in the summertime when the river in them
with faults was the waters came back up those draw downs in the summer provided
a lot of growth of vegetation which was good for fish and and for waterfront
migrated in the fall
were working with the corps have been for
ten fifteen years now too
trying to mimic those
low water period for draw downs at the dams and of course very supportive
very much into it as are the our the five states it is a great partnership
i think with living lands and waters an extreme cleanup um... we always think
about what you were saying some of the things that man has dumped along the
river and forgot almost using the uh... the river system as its own
personals cesspool or landfill but you're also trying to tackle some of
mother nature's problems there along the river tell me about that
well besides uh... uh... uh...
clean river we want to remove invasive species from the waterways that have
uh... come to our area and there's no
uh... normal balance to them so they get in intro cough various areas
could be plants birds muscles
uh... zebra mussels and so we are we have two teams you can either clean up
heavy light or invasive species remove all heavy and light in the heavy began
with the choppers and pull out bushes trees up all the stuff away it's it's
the dirty uh... fun and helpful on the uh... but then for families uh...
younger people uh... there is just kind of pulling weeds and stuff
that may be a north high school or at nahant marsh
out at westlake a green valley nature in moline anyway so it's trying to remove
the bad so that's a good native plants i can uh... uh... trade balance that's
and this is something relatively new for you to do both as you were saying the
and the light work on because some people are to be able to do as much and
on might actually be intimidated by the stuff that you do pulling out the
refrigerator for the heavy things they say i can't do that i'd better not
participate you're saying
that one and all is well come register online
and you can find it uh... the uh... the effort that best suits your abilities
exactly so you can go online and uh... and i think it'll be on the screen
but uh... in choose whether you want heavy light
uh... invasive species removal what town you want to be and which side of the river
and so you choose what's best for you and your family we're talking about five
hundred thousand pounds that has been taken by you
a lot of the river in the tributaries just fifty thousand pounds last year
uh... thought that i know that you named when you said refrigerators in
the such
what is the most common thing that you are cleaning up after
that we find that cesspool of the few water depository tires and that
that's the big thing and uh... and a good thing about that is that they can
be recycled so with the help of
the landfill and uh... waste scott county and in some
groups and not the right hand side we do recycle all that so
this year we are going to do more recycled chad's living lands and waters and uh... new
will be here or there is a big part of all the trash and instead of uh...
we're going to be recycling tens of thousands of plastic bottles and other
that instead of going the landfill
will be recycled you taken part of this and quite a few years starting at duck
and now on this greater efforts of with living lives in waters
they have you noticed a change is there like you said seemingly less
lots that you have to deal with each year uh... definitely alike
uh... if you go
duck creek
most places there is less than three now there's always going to be stuff that
blows in plastic and stuff that drives a little mad that is natural for where
gathered together but as far as
we pulled out of uh... the river in doing chads cleanup stuff excuse me
stuff that was left twenty-five thirty years ago you know booze bottles
and and china and things like that so were getting after there's there's as
much as we've done there's a lot more to do you've done an awful lot of education
as well your group is educated
uh... countless children throughout the area do do you know it was like a
difference even among the children as far as uh... their attitudes and and
they're helpful is when it comes to the mississippi river in the tributaries
uh... yes people earning it's re help but when people come to us uh... what we
do living lands and waters and extreme cleanups both
slightly different but they are
it is so nice to give kids energy and better self but she has to do something
because and they do it
and uh... there you have to hold him back yeah because they're all about the
good somewhat rewarding has well
anyone he said seeing families out there as well as almost passing from one
generation to another week purpose we don't do it during school times because
we're not going to encourage class four to get out there and just have you know
just wear em while getting stuff but nor the family
your organizations the girl scouts the boy scouts
different companies sears manufacturing the national bank
whatever they want their employees to get out and get er done extreme clean up
of course there's someone short-term relief to the river in rick
tell me about some of the long-lasting
efforts of the larger scale efforts that are being into being done
to improve the ecosystem of the uh... mississippi river valley i liked to say
for the first so i personally appreciate everything
did you guys have done cuz i bike along the creek
i appreciate it
uh... i metion someone long-term large-scale program s environmental
management program
it's uh... was funded and offers by congress beginning in nineteen eighty
and uh... it it told by the corps of engineers to work for the fish and wildlife
service in the five states
find ways to test restoration methods on the upper mississippi river ecosystem
recognizing that the navigation system and other changes to the
for the river valley that that you mentioned uh... human changes
had uh... had put aside projectors in really not so good in long term
and our last twenty eight years there's been
uh... around eighty thousand acres of habitat
restored and benefited
that that means we have a path that were actually
islands that were created
creator and area
the that area around them that are influenced by the islands and beneficial
way for fish or for water fell for example
and uh... it s upwards of fifty or sixty project
it's their through fairly expensive project but they're very beneficial
and they have been built everywhere from uh... nearly from st paul
to uh... all the way down to caro IL
eighty thousand acres is no small achievement you know
it's uh... it's a bit of big-deal were very proud of it before his eco
system scale restoration project in a large river in the country
once in awhile someone will call from the river system we have a
conference with uh... folks from the rio grande were rwanda
mimic what's been done on the upper mississippi
conference with them a few months ago
the other part of the program is uh... the long-term monitoring program to take
the pulse of different components of the eco-system
and there is uh... and i would think that would be critical because how do
you know what we're doing unless you do this constant monitoring
and uh... things that have come into the system
one of those thing is zebra muscles... we're trying to address that with uh...
uh... growing made of muscles in the heart hatcheries are at one of our
in the states are doing the same thing with one of one of the and how would
that that would out there working with the zebra muscles which is a very
invasive well something some areas uh... they've been wiped out some of the
primary is that uh... they must of been looked up at their other areas
that are are could you can increase the density of the muscles if u
essentially plant them there as young muscles
and uh... that's still in a test phase some places of work well some the
didn't work so well
the other big program of what's called the navigation and environmental
sustainability program
congress uh... in in two thousand seven authorized five new locks on the upper
mississippi because of transportation needs
and uh... our agency in the states uh... at the same time several that's a
long-range plan for navigation be a long-range plan for the
eco-system well
and so congress also authorized
a long-term plan for additional ecosystem restoration is a little more
broad in its focus and uh... a little bit easier
to build project for the impede projects to build refuge lands because of the
congressional restrictions and nest programs will broader
and uh... it said that a lot of planning done for the program but congress has
not yet offers construction
i got just a few moments left so curtis and i just wanted to see where there is
real quick i want to give your best piich
because that the extreme cleanup is coming up next weekend
participated involves okay go to the internet
x stream cleanup
dot org at just one x
uh... click on that to be a register a button go through that choose
light heavy
and base removal what town you want to be in uh... what site within the town we
have forty five plus sites choose from
will have to really take exactly what you want to do
yeah i mean i really does open it up it's not very good like these that
that heavy stuff the lighter stuff to pick the location where you
can help out target the the best that you can do but they better do it
soon because the sites to fill up and usually they closed down and then
we can't you get a t-shirt
and um... a lot of other good things uh... by joining by signing up but
if you sign up too late and we don't know if we can guarantee a we always
have given but
rick i'll give you the last word and that is above by you optimistic about our future
if a tremendous ecosystem the upper mississippi is needs a little
help a bit of uh... go to the future if we just take good care of it programs like this must
be the good help that your kind of indicate absolutely right
we need to get the word out
that it needs help in these changes and uh...
we were were optimistic for sure
rick curtis thanks so much for joining us
and we do want to tell you that once again you can register to help with next
weekend's extreme cleanup
checkout living lands waters website living lands and waters dot org
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thanks a lot lora they are the bread-and-butter of america this
nation's farmers feed the nation in a large part of the world yet there are
americans that go hungry and this year once again
there are some area farmers who are doing something about that
diana bloomberg of the rock island county farm bureau one of the
organizes of issues
bushels per hunger campaign thanks for joining us thanks for having us this is
really needs um... uh... campaign that you started the correct me if i'm wrong
last year was the first year was it not yes it was like she was a first-year
what was the genesis of this was what the idea behind it
you know quite honestly the farmers in the area once i find a way as they
started to see their corn prices elevating and a soft
the bounty of their crop of flourishing we thought well we need to get back in
touch with the people that maybe aren't so fortunate and so the bushels from
hunger was a program designed for that purpose in mind just as a national
program just a local broke no a local program that i worked together
with other county farm bureau leaders in the five county area
downtown quite honestly we use the birdies for charity is kind of
our recipe if you will in model police took it from there so we thought it was
a at easy thing for farmers to donate bushels
and ultimately river bank food to be the charity
for on the beneficiary of that donation knows all starts with the farmers
unloading their crops is that not right how does this work
at the participating elevators are really excited about the bulk of the
elevators in the five county area
participating this year is going very easy to pull up
com even if they want to make that call to the grain merchandiser any of those
evil to say hello donate twenty bushels of corridor soybean
go ahead sale it at today's contract that price and go from there that's really an
amazingly generous uh... and not from the farmers i mean really pointing out
this farmers have good and bad years too
and a good profit years unnecessarily always coming
no and his share as we see in the weather in the last couple months
uh... and and i've been stopped talking to a couple of farmers understand what
we call you'll drags on the scene a reduction maybe
as much as thirty percent
um... they're gonna feel about the prices are there
uh... we also have increased input cost as well right but
farmers are more than likely going to be generous here i will tell you last
year we had a henry county farm bureau donate a hundred and sixty bushels and
that adds up at around four dollars a bushel that's a considerable donation
when you actually donated almost ten thousand dollars last year did you know
we did to the river bend food bank in
well we're really excited to see happen is the last april
the mercer county in aledo they were able to deal with a little mobile
foodbank and so we got the young farmers down in mercer county involved and they
were there to hnd about those those gift packages to the needy families on
their word you know really feelings some tough times the bushes for hunger
program once again started last year which i would think we've been kind of a
tough sell for a first-year project what you anticipating this year
really optimistic that though the word is ground we have more elevators
participating more excited to bring on river valley cooperative
com which is on both sides of the river cover a lot of ground were
excited we think that this is a not you know
what optimistic that we can see maybe a fifty fifty percent increase in i guess
i'm going up there and they do in a challenge more than anything to all of
the uh... the good men and women out there in the farming communities that
donate did you hear much from the farmers last year i mean where they kind
of receptive i think this is a great idea thank you for giving us the way to
help all yet completely never like this this is great this is what we need to be
doing because
the people have had questions about
corn and soybeans in the increase prices and food costs more and quite honestly
this is an opportunity for consumers to understand
where it starts and how we are uh... we have an abundant supply here yes first
intensifies who were still able to donate just a few bushels and they see
the value and and of course it is going to the river bend uh... food pantry
which distributes food throughout the area so i mean the farmers are actually
seeing this benefit some of their neighbors in the rural where you always
think of hunger
being an who've been problem on trying to point out that it's not just irvine
no it's not the statistics that were hearing
com i think we're hearing like
you know uh... three
families out of every twenty are dealing with uh... you know some type of food
scarcity issues self this is the way we can get back and riverbend food bank of
course is known so well for recieving outflows from the student hunger drive or
from the uh... postal service when they do the rough a food drive as well this
is almost like another component how appreciative have been
they've been extremely helpful and and so appreciative of the effort of course
they were c funds from the u_s_d_a_ so they have that directly in some way
on to help with their their feeding america network
but what we're really excited is when we can link up with them and offered not
just donations that even
time donation and get some of those farmers out into rural areas and help
with the mobile food drive because then they see firsthand with their donations
are going towards is a program that just started right now in august
continues until november thirtieth and there's a lot of time to learn more
about of areas we're gonna take the next couple months to take a big push
will be a lot of signs around the countryside
do you think so much for joining us problems they feel very need idea
about for a second year the bushels for hunger program as i said brought in some
ninety five
hundred dollars for the local food bank last year not this year the program runs
from now through november and you can contact the farm bureau offices in rock
henry whiteside mercer or stark counties
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