Canoes for a Cause at Sixth Annual Minnehaha Creek Cleanup

Volunteers to Collect Two Tons of Trash on July 8th in Minneapolis
Monday, June 4, 2012

Deephaven, Minn. (June 1, 2012) – Volunteers are being recruited from across the Twin Cities to clean up Minnehaha Creek at a free, family-friendly event. On Sunday, July 8th Minnehaha Creek Watershed District is teaming up with the Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company’s “Canoes for a Cause” campaign to host the 6th annual Minnehaha Creek Cleanup at Lake Hiawatha at 46th Street and 28th Avenue South in Minneapolis. The goal this year is to collect two tons of trash! As a result, we can “Save our Summers” and have cleaner water for everyone to enjoy.

Schedule of Events:
9:00 a.m.
Free bagel breakfast for the first 250 volunteers
9:30 a.m. 
Board buses to cleanup locations along creek and chain of lakes
11:00-11:30 a.m.
Return to Lake Hiawatha for free BBQ lunch provided by Leinenkugel’s
11:45 a.m.
Prizes for kids and adults, including a Leinenkugel’s canoe

“We are excited to partner with the Minnehaha Creek Watershed District for this important event,” says Jake Leinenkugel, president, Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Co. “Leinenkugel’s is committed to maintaining clean waterways throughout the country and the Midwest and has been throughout our 145 year – five generation history. The District’s Save Our Summers (SOS) campaign is a great way to ensure our waterways remain safe and clean for generations to come.”

KS95 radio will be on hand to entertain the crowd and Leinenkugel’s beer will be served to those 21 and older with a valid ID (limit of two per person). REI Bloomington is providing a bike technician at the on-site bike/canoe check. 

RSVP’s are required for the event. Sign up here

The SOS campaign encourages people to take personal responsibility in preventing the spread of zebra mussels and other Aquatic Invasive Species – another threat to water quality in the Twin Cities.  At the heart of the campaign are three simple steps boaters can take to protect our lakes rivers and streams:  Clean, drain, dry.  For more information, visit

The event is sponsored by the Minnehaha Creek Watershed District in partnership with the Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company. Additional support and promotion are provided by KS95, REI and Dick’s Sanitation.

Contact: Telly Mamayek, Communications Director
o) 952-641-4508 c) 952-594-5672

About Minnehaha Creek Watershed District
The Minnehaha Creek Watershed District covers approximately 181 square miles, including Minnehaha Creek, Lake Minnetonka, the Minneapolis Chain of Lakes and Minnehaha Falls. The District is charged by state law to protect, improve and manage water resources. It does so through scientific research and monitoring, public education, cost-share grant programs, permitting and collaborative efforts with the 27 cities, two townships and two counties (Hennepin and Carver) that are in the District. For more information, visit                            

About Leinenkugel’s
Leinenkugel’s, brewed in Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin, since 1867, is the leading craft brewer in the upper Midwest. Year-round offerings include Leinenkugel’s Honey Weiss, Sunset Wheat, Berry Weiss, Leinie’s Red, Creamy Dark, Original, Light and Leinenkugel’s Classic Amber Lager. In addition to Big Eddy Wee Heavy Scotch Ale, Leinenkugel’s offers three limited-release seasonal beers, including summer favorite Leinenkugel’s Summer Shandy, Oktoberfest and Fireside Nut Brown. For more information on the rich history of Leinenkugel’s, visit or join Leinie loyalists at