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Tons of trash pulled from Johnson Creek

by: DAVID F. ASHTON - The Chair of Friends of Tideman Johnson Park, Marianne Colgrove (far left), stands with volunteers on the Springwater Trail who have already gathered bags of trash during the first hour of the 2013 Johnson Creek Clean Up, on August 24th.Along a five-mile segment of Johnson Creek, from I-205 west to its confluence with the Willamette River, volunteers turned out by the hundreds for the 2013 Creek Clean-up Day – this year held on August 24.

“This is one of the many sites participating this year,” said Friends of Tideman Johnson Park Chair Marianne Colgrove, as her band of eight volunteers headed west along the Springwater Trail, deep into the park.

“This is different from the ‘Watershed Wide Event’ in the spring, Colgrove explained to THE BEE. The Creek Clean-up Dayt is specifically dedicated to pulling a trash out of the creek, and out of the parks near the creek.”

About three tons of trash was removed from the length of Johnson Creek on August 24th, Colgrove added, “Because the water level of the creek is really low right now, and we’re able to get access to a lot of the garbage that has piled up over the year.”

Volunteers are always welcome at late summer and fall “work parties”, Colgrove said. “Come join and help the Friends of Tideman Johnson first Saturday of the month, 9 am until noon, in October, November and December.”