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Friends of the Sunflower River

Sat Feb 18 -- Friends of the Sunflower River -- quick re-cap: we held the 8th Annual General Membership Meeting at Quapaw Canoe Company 3-5pm, with a friendship bonfire following on the banks of the Sunflower.

All winter-spring 2012 we’ll be producing events in celebration, education and advocacy concerning the Sunflower River & its tributaries, with explorations and cleanups of the strange and important Sunflower River tributary: The Hushpuckena.

If you missed the meeting but want to remain a “friend” for the upcoming year, send your annual $25 membership to the address below (see bottom of email).

Welcome musicians Bob “Spoonz” Rowell and Jon Popper who accompanied blues great Bill Abel to the meeting!

***Cleanups***

Cleanups planned for:

Saturday Feb 25 10-5pm (Sunflower River)

Saturday Mar 3 10-5pm (Hushpuckena River)

Meet place: behind Quapaw Canoe Company in downtown Clarksdale. Wear heavy rubber boots or knee-high leather boots, bring gloves, sun protection, lunch and water bottle.

Cleanup Rentals:

Anyone who rents a canoe from Quapaw Canoe Company will receive a $5/trash bag refund on canoe rentals up to $15 refund for fully loaded canoe (fully loaded with trash). Rentals by the day: $35/canoe includes paddle + lifejacket for 2 people.

***Weir Project***

The sunflower river weir needs to be raised another 18 inches -- local support needed to complete project -- $3,000 goal by April 1st.

Send contribution by check made out to “Friends of the Sunflower River” with the earmark “Clarksdale Weir”

Friends of the Sunflower River

291 Sunflower Avenue

Clarksdale, MS 38614

Friends of the Sunflower River has agreed to spearhead a fundraiser to compliment this project which will provide life-long beauty and promote healthy living to downtown Clarksdale and all the neighborhoods along the Sunflower River including Riverton, Brickyard, Lower Brickyard, West Clarksdale, Duckwalk, Circle Drive neighborhoods, Chancellorsville, Ridgecrest, and anyone else who lives along Sunflower Avenue, Riverside Drive, Cypress Street and enjoys Soldier’s Field Park and the Sunflower River Walk. ($20,000 budget total shared by City, County, and Yazoo Water Management District + contributions).

Friends of the Sunflower River

291 Sunflower Avenue

Clarksdale, MS 38614

“This river has the blues…”