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July 3, 2013

Mother duck nests in boat

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He added that he will leave a gangplank for the ducklings to use until they’re old enough to fly or until they find somewhere else to live.

The Clean River Project was founded eight years ago by a group of neighbors to clean debris out of the Merrimack River, which provides drinking water for a number of local communities, including Methuen. Morrison, Houlihan and other volunteers patrol the river weekly and pull tires, “Dumpsters and Dumpsters of trash,” and even cars out of the river, Houlihan said.

In September, they hauled seven stolen vehicles out in Lawrence.

Donations from the tours go to fund the Clean River Project. “This is our drinking water here, that’s why we do this,” he said.

The duck and her soon-to-be hatchlings likely appreciate the effort, too.

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