CHICAGO (CBS) — A New Jersey woman left Chicago on Wednesday for a long paddle to Louisiana, on the last leg of a journey that started on the East Coast.
Margo Pellegrino said she’ll spend the next eight weeks paddling her 20-foot outrigger canoe from Chicago to New Orleans to raise awareness about clean water.READ MORE: Chicago Weather: Weekend Warmup Continues
“I’m trying to educate as many people as possible to get people to care to take care of our water, and also to get out and enjoy it,” she said.
Pellegrino said, with all the political division in the U.S., clean water is more popular than any candidate.
“Our political divisions and our other divisions can be many, but I have yet to find anyone that is as popular as clean water. It seems that clean water has a bigger constituency than any one political person or individual that I know, or have heard of,” she said. “Who doesn’t like clean water? Do you want it clean or do you want it dirty? That is a no-brainer.”READ MORE: At Least 10 Shot, 1 Killed In Weekend Violence In Chicago