WINONA, MN -

It's an effort to protect the beauty of the Mississippi River.

More than 80 volunteers spent their Saturday out on boats picking up trash on the river as part of the Great Mississippi River Cleanup.

Crews gathered at the McNally Landing in Winona and worked up and down the river covering a total of about 8 miles.

Organizers say they've been doing the clean up every year for more than 30 years.

They find everything from scrap metal, to lawn chairs, to boilers for old steam boats.

Organizers said a day of hard work is more than worth it to take care of the Mississippi.

"We want to make sure the people appreciate the river and if there's a lot of garbage out there you might take it for granted and think its something you could trash. The Mississippi is a real treasure and if people go out there and think it's beautiful and they appreciate nature, they're probably going to spend more time on it and take better care of it," said Mississippi River Revival coordinator Sol Simon.

Last year more than 20 cities along the Mississippi river took part in the clean up effort.

More than 127,000 lbs of debris was removed from the river between Saint Paul, Minnesota and Saint Louis, Missouri.