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#07-154 May 28, 2007

Celebrate three Midlands rivers over three days

The Midlands will celebrate a most valuable and treasured community resource - its rivers - from May 31 to June 2. The 3 Days for 3 Rivers celebration is a diverse series of events emphasizing the historic and ongoing connection between the Midlands and its three rivers: the Saluda, the Broad and the Congaree. Over the three-day period, citizens are invited to participate in river cleanups, float trips, and the dedication of the new Congaree River Blue Trail.

"The Midlands has a rich natural and cultural heritage connected with its rivers and this celebrationCongaree River promotes both recreational enjoyment of our rivers and personal responsibility to protect them," said Bill Marshall, River Conservation Program Manager with the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources (DNR). "And the new Congaree River Blue Trail, to be dedicated on Saturday, will promote greater awareness and responsible recreational use of the Congaree, one of the richest biological areas in the state, which includes the Congaree National Park and two DNR Heritage Preserves."

For more information: Congaree River Blue Trail -- contact Patrick Moore at (803) 771-7750; Saluda River Sweep - contact Bill Marshall - (803) 734-9096; Broad River Sweep - contact Karen Kustafik - (803) 545-3117; Congaree River Sweep - contact Richard Mikell - (803) 796-4505.

Schedule of events for 3 Days for 3 Rivers:

3 Days for 3 Rivers is organized by the City of Columbia Parks and Recreation Department, American Rivers, PalmettoPride, Congaree National Park, DNR Scenic Rivers Program, the Coastal Conservation League, and Lower Saluda Scenic River Advisory Council.

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