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Adopt an Iowa Stream

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Addie Olson


As a civil engineer, Andrea Gettings knows how important it is to help out the environment.

"There are so many things you have to look into when you're building roads or any other sort of construction," Gettings said.

That's why she and her boyfriend, Korey Marsh, searched for a way to make a difference.

"We originally were looking into adopt a highway, but they're pretty well known and a lot of people have been doing that," she said.

So instead of a road, they adopted a stream.

Metro Waste Authority just started the Adopt A Stream program this spring. Since then, a handful of teams have signed up to improve Iowa's waterways.

"The wildlife can't pick up trash for themselves, so we've got to help them out," Gettings said.

A group of Cub Scouts helped Team Marsh do just that on Sunday. They swept through a four mile stretch of creek as the first team to adopt a stream in Ankeny.

Picking up trash to keep the water clean was an idea the Cub Scouts could get behind.

"I'm excited that we're going to help the environment and help these animals," said Gerrit Meyer.

"We're going to clear out the trash and make this park good as new," said Kaden Ingram.

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