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Volunteers remove over 10,000 pounds of refuse from river
Jacob Dodd photo--Tires dont belong in the river. Volunteers pulled 110 tires from 40 miles of river during last weekends River Cleanup. McMinnville Breakfast Rotary Club spearheads the event annually. There were 320 tires pulled during last years event. Pictured are Dennis Kronlage, left, and Dr. Wally Bigbee swishing a tire to remove mud and silt before loading it onto a trash barge.
While volunteers were scouring local rivers in search of trash last weekend, a kayak paddle was found under brush on a river bank.It was one of the few useful items volunteers discovered as they pulled some 11,000 pounds of trash from 40 miles of waterways during the 10th annual Breakfast Rotary Club River Cleanup.“I think we’re making a dent, but there’s still a lot of trash left,” said Breakfast Rotary member Rachel Killebrew. “While we plan for the River Cleanup to continue as an annual event, the next step we’re working on is an Adopt A Mile of River Program. We’re looking for companies, churches and organizations to adopt one mile of our 100 miles of rivers and work on keeping that mile clean year-round.”As for final numbers for last weekend’s cleanup, Killebrew said there were 300 volunteers who participated.