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'Dirty Work' Required for Puget Sound Cleanup

May 31, 2007

Seattle, WA - It's a dirty job, but somebody's gotta do it. A new campaign launches today to get everyday folks involved in cleaning up Puget Sound -- a task which most definitely includes getting muddy. MudUp features a central Web site on which people can find or post clean-up events and activities.

The goal is to create ten new parks and clean up 100 miles of shoreline in the next two years. Development, litter, chemical waste and invasive plants are among the problems; just last year, 23 commercial shellfish growing areas were designated as threatened. Jeff Compton, outreach manager for The Nature Conservancy explains many people say they're concerned about it -- and now, they'll know what to do.

"MudUp is a fun way for people who care about Puget Sound to get involved and make a difference - a place where people can go and find ways, personally, they can take action. Folks will go out and pull out really aggressive, invasive plants that aren't native and are choking out native plants. They can remove bulkheads, or other litter or debris that's been left and that has gotten sunk into the mud. Pulling that out can be a lot of fun -- it's really dirty, but it's a great way to really get close to the Sound."

The MudUp campaign even has a mascot - a Mud Monster that will be visiting schools and civic groups to underscore the importance of the cleanup. MudUp is a joint effort of The Nature Conservancy, People for Puget Sound and the Trust for Public Land. The campaign, at will work in tandem with the Puget Sound Partnership plan approved this year by Governor Gregoire.

Chris Thomas, Public News Service - WA