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Our History

Organization History

  • November 1991 ­– First conversation around a kitchen table
  • May 1993 – Incorporated
  • June 21, 1996 – 1st Watershed Action Plan, developed by consensus of community, announced by CBS’ Charles Kuralt
  • 1997 – 1st wetland restoration - Birdsong Wetland
  • 1997 – River Stars Program for industries launched
  • 2002 – 2nd Watershed Action Plan
  • 2008 – 3rd Action Plan
  • 2009 – The first goo goes! Money Point Phase I & II cleanups completed
  • 2009 – Learning Barge christened to teach all ages how to restore the Elizabeth. More than 30,000 have come aboard
  • 2011 – River Star Homes Introduced
  • 2013 – 36 million lbs of "goo" gone. Twenty-five species of fish return; fish cancer drops 6 fold.
  • October 2014 – Nearly 2,200 River Star Homes commit to 7 practices to protect the river
  • NOW - More than 50 wetland restorations by ERP and partners
  • NOW - 178 River Star Schools
  • NOW - 120 River Star Businesses have achieved more than 1,787 acres of wildlife habitat restored or conserved and 331 million pounds of pollution voluntarily reduced. Over one billion pounds of other materials have been recycled, reduced, or reused. - cumulative results since 1997