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Girl Scouts Help Keep our Waterways Clean

Posted at: 10/13/2012 11:16 PM
By: Katie Eldred

(ABC 6 News) -- As they fall those beautiful bright leaves are a sight to see, but if they are not cleaned up, they can leave a mess and clog up our waterways.

The Girls Scouts of River Valley are making sure our waterways stay clean and fresh with their Centennial Day of Service.

The pouring rain didn't stop Rochester girls scouts as they took part in the day of service.

"We've been raking leaves for a while, it's a lot of work," said scout Kristina Dorsett.

She didn't mind raking leaves at Silver Lake Park because she knows how it will help.

"So we can have clean water."

The hope is to prevent leaves from entering our waterways, which helps prevent algae growth.

"We've been talking about the importance of keeping our water clean and the importance of water throughout the world," said scout leader Kathy Dorsett.

She says the day of service is an important experience for the scouts.

"It's good for the girls to take part in service and show this is a part of our community and we care for our community."

By noon the girls had bagged more than 30 bags of leaves. Besides raking the scouts hung informational door signs and cleaned and marked storm drains with the message only rain down the storm drain.

"Leaves can clog the storm drain and then water doesn't drain as well," said Kathy Dorsett.

Even with the dreary weather...

"We had had a lot of fun this morning, even in the rain," said Kathy Dorsett.

The girls raked more leaves than they ever has before.

"no, never as much as this," said Kristina Dorsett.

The girls learned that helping the environment can be fun.

"You help the community and you make new friends," said Kristina Dorsett.

Thousands of Girl Scouts participated in the centennial event across Minnesota and Wisconsin.