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July 10, 2012

Volunteers pull more than 6,000 pounds of litter, debris from Mississippi

CLINTON — More than 60 volunteers toiled through temperatures in the mid-90s and heat indices approaching 105 degrees to remove almost 6,500 pounds of trash, debris, recyclable materials and other illegally discarded items from the Mississippi River and shoreline areas in Clinton on Saturday morning as part of Stream Stomp.

Boat crews were limited in what could be collected due to excessive heat and higher than expected river levels in the Mississippi. Those in boats attempted to clean areas ranging along Clinton’s river front north to the 30th Avenue boat ramp area. Those crews were joined on the shoreline by volunteers picking up along the shorelines from the U.S. 30 bridge north and the 25th Avenue North boat ramp, including Clinton’s Discovery recreation trail.

During the cleanup volunteers pulled more than 5,900 pounds of improperly disposed of litter and debris. These materials included: cigarette butts, several pieces of Styrofoam, a seat that had been removed from an automobile, construction boards, multiple mattresses, a child’s pool, street sign, bags, cans, bottles and containers. In addition to those materials, volunteers salvaged 21 tires. Nearly 500 pounds is slated for recycling, which includes the tires.

One of the event organizers, Brad Seward, of the Clinton County Area Solid Waste Agency, said Stream Stomp organizers were pleased with the turnout and results considering the conditions.

“Our volunteers’ dedication showed through like none other on Saturday,” Seward said. “The volunteers fought heat, bugs and high river levels. Stream Stomp organizers are extremely proud and thankful for our volunteers’ efforts and their continuing desire to make a difference in our environment.”

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