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July 11, 2013

River conditions lead to cancellation of Saturday's cleanup

CLINTON — High water levels on the Mississippi River have once again burdened the Clinton area.

The Great Mississippi River Cleanup, scheduled for Saturday, has been canceled by the Quad-City area Living Land and Waters group because of high water and plant overgrowth.

Brad Seward, director of operations and education at the Clinton County Area Solid Waste Agency, said because of all the recent flooding, Living Lands and Waters had trouble scouting good areas to hold the cleanup.

“They took a scouting boat up (Wednesday) and saw that a lot of the debris is covered by plant life that grew while the water was high,” Seward said.

The debris the organization is pushing to clean is mainly caused by illegal dumping. These debris items include anything from old tires, to ropes, to shopping carts.

Project Coordinator Nora Coyne-Logan said the cancellation is unfortunate but if the group cannot see the debris along the shoreline, there is not much that can be done to clean it.

“A lot of the islands are still under water so there are very few areas that we can access,” Coyne-Logan said. “If we can’t access it, we can’t clean it up.”

The group plans to reschedule the clean-up event but availability and river conditions need to be taken into account before anything can be decided.

 

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