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Man paddling down the Mississippi River hoping to raise funds and awareness

Updated: Jun. 18, 2021 at 8:49 PM CDT
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DUBUQUE, Iowa (KCRG) - A man is paddling down the Mississippi River hoping to raise funds and awareness for clean water projects and conservation initiatives.

Hank Kohler left East Leaf Lake in Minnesota on June 3rd.

On Friday, he stopped in Dubuque and is hoping to make it to the gulf coast around mid-August.

He says water has a special meaning for him and his family. 42 years ago, he did a similar trip with his brother and some friends.

But now he wanted to give back. So he partnered with the National Mississippi River Museum and Aquarium in Dubuque to promote its Take CAARE initiative. Kohler has already raised more than $15,000 dollars.

“We partnered with them as a fundraiser to try to make people aware of and donate for their conservation efforts so that people generations from now, decades from now they can enjoy the same things that I love so much,” Kohler said. “Now that we’re on the main channel and that, we still have pretty good current for us, I mean, we don’t need much water to float the canoe and the advantage we’re having is there’s a lot of sandbars available for our camping at night .

The museum is hosting a meet and greet event on Friday night starting at 6:00 P.M. where people can meet Hank and ask questions about his trip.

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