An Iowa environmental group today presented Clinton with its “River Town of the Year” award.
Clinton Mayor Mark Vulich says the city has launched a number of projects in recent years to cut pollution to the Mississippi River and enhance recreation opportunities on the river.
“There are people who will travel thousands of miles to come see the Mississippi River and I experienced that last summer when the American Queen (Steamboat) docked here,” Vulich said. “I talked to some of the people who were cruising the Mississippi. They talked about how beautiful our riverfront was and how we were an old river town and they enjoyed seeing our history. We’ve done a good job protecting the history of Clinton.”
The nonprofit advocacy group Iowa Rivers Revival, in presenting the award, praised Clinton for its new waste water treatment plant. Clinton City Administrator Jessica Kinser spoke at the award presentation ceremony.
“There is a quote I want to end on today from Mother Theresa, ‘I alone cannot change the world, but I can cast a stone across the water to create many ripples,'” Kinser said. “This is just one of the ripples that we’re creating along the Mississippi River and we’ll continue to create ripples with multiple stones that we’ll be casting towards the health of that river in the future.”
By Dave Vickers, KROS, Clinton