Farms Leadership Program San Joaquin River Cleanup

March 25, 2009 12:00:00 AM PDT
The San Joaquin River got some tender loving care Wednesday from kids.About a dozen Fresno County kids went out to Scout Island Wednesday and removed scarlet wisteria from along the banks of the river. It's an invasive species that's toxic to river animals, like beavers, and it overwhelms other plants, so it takes away a food supply.

The kids from the Fresno County Office of Education's Farms Leadership Program learned about how the wisteria arrived in the San Joaquin and got a better feel for the river's natural beauty.

"And so we're trying to restore it back to its original state," said Claudia Sersland, of the Farms Leadership Program. "And when you go down to the river, enjoy it, but leave it so that others can enjoy it just like you enjoyed it."

Nine years ago, you could easily count the number of scarlet wisteria on the river. Now, they've multiplied into the thousands.

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