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River cleanup draws hundreds of volunteers

by: ISABEL GAUTSCHI - Volunteers rafted, kayaked, tubed, canoed and scuba dived to collect trash as a part of the annual Down the River Cleanup event on Sunday, Sept. 8.As of Andy Wuest’s last count, 375 people had registered to be part of the flotilla of rafters, kayakers, tubers, canoers and scuba divers removing trash from the Clackamas River and its banks during the 11th annual Down the River Cleanup. Wuest was the event coordinator.

by: ISABEL GAUTSCHI - A kayaker paddles the Clackamas River, looking for signs of trash along the bank.Cheryl McGinnis, executive director of the Clackamas River Basin Council, estimated the number of volunteers swelled to 450 when factoring in efforts to organize the event.

The volunteers seemed to be having a good time as they pulled trash from the banks and waters of the river on Sunday, Sept. 8.

They were rewarded for their efforts with a free barbecue, live music, a beer garden and a silent auction.

Artists will create original pieces from trash collected from the river. It will be showcased and auctioned in November.

by: ISABEL GAUTSCHI - Event organizers estimate that 2,500 people have volunteered for the Down the River Clean Up since its inception 11 years ago. The Down the River Clean up is run by the nonprofit organizations Clackamas River Basin Council and We Love Clean Rivers.

According to a joint press release, the organizations estimate that since its inception 2,500 people have volunteered for the event and 25 tons of trash has been removed from the Clackamas River.



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