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Volunteers clean up Spokane River

Spokane, Wash. - It's a long-standing tradition to keep the Spokane River a safe, clean and accessible for generations to come. It's the 7th anniversary of Spokane's river clean-up and nearly one thousand people from all over the area showed up, to do their part.

It's hard to even imagine the trash that volunteers found Saturday, you almost had to see it to believe it and just when you thought, you had seen it all, you would find something else.

"We've found a pair of clothes, a bandana, bike tires, shopping cars and even a mattress," said Boy Scout Cody Egger.

Boy Scout troop 325 was only part of the hundreds of volunteers today to make the trek both down and back up from the river with bags and more bags of trash. Those bags were then stacked in mounds to be carted away by volunteers with friends of the falls, to either be thrown away the right way, or recycled.

"It's amazing how many tons of stuff gets taken out of this park," said volunteer Daniel Grady.

And the stuff that's too heavy to be carted off by foot, get's brought to shore by raft.

"We've found a frame of a car, and we're still trying to figure out how that even got in here," said volunteer Paul Delaney.

Delaney works with the Northwest White Water Association, who helps out with the clean up every year. Delaney says, it's amazing what they find in the river. And this year there seems to be more metal thrown in to the mix than ever before.

The Northwest White Water Association helps out with the clean up each year. They say amazing "among the many other things I found, I've got 3 bikes with me."

Delaney says with a river that's so unbelievably gorgeous as the Spokane River, it's flat out wrong to see the tons of garbage that's pulled out from it each year. They say, it's time Spokane took pride in their river and aim for a trash can next time instead of the water.

"It forces you to think, if you saw what was going in, hopefully, you wouldn't do it."

Kaityn Buldoc
KHQ Reporter

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