River Clean Up brings local community together

Annual event started in 1992

With the beautiful weather this weekend many took their boats and kayaks out on the river, but others decided to spend their day cleaning up the river.

The 25th annual Mississippi River Clean Up is a community event that aims to clean up the areas along the river’s shore.

Since the event started in 1992 volunteers have pulled more than 175 tons of debris and 85 tons of scrap metal from the river, including 1,600 tires and 2,200 barrels.

According to organizers the event is a great way to get the community together behind a single goal.

“Everybody’s a volunteer who comes out and cleans up, everything is donated, from the dumpsters to the lunch to the t-shirts. We don’t really have money to play with, so people are just more than willing to donate stuff and ask us what we need and ask us what they can help with,” said the Mississippi Clean Up Coordinator Amy Smith.

About 250 volunteers gave up their Saturday morning to help out with the day’s clean up.