HAPPENING TODAY: Annual Spokane River Clean-Up; You're Invited - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

HAPPENING TODAY: Annual Spokane River Clean-Up; You're Invited

SPOKANE, Wash. - The Spokane River has been an essential part of our community for generations, offering all of us many recreational opportunities, wonderful scenery and fueling our commerce. Today is an opportunity to return the favor.

You're cordially invited to join more than 1,000 Inland Northwest residents taking part in the eighth-annual Spokane River Clean-Up. Each fall, literally tons of trash are removed from the banks and bed of the river, from standard litter like cigarette butts to oversized "treasures" like entire cars. Much of the collected items can also be recycled.

Each volunteer receives a backpack containing cool treats along with essential cleaning supplies like rubber gloves. The event has become a festive occasion, with pizza, coffee, music, speeches from community leaders and more.

Prizes are awarded for fun categories of garbage discoveries, such as "most useful," "most beautiful" and "most characteristic of Spokane."

Check-in begins at 9 a.m. at Avista at 1911 E. Mission Avenue, or at High Bridge Park. Teams will head out from these points, and cleaners will be asked to return to their starting points around noon for food and fun.

Parking is limited, especially at the High Bridge area, so volunteers are encouraged to bike, walk or carpool. STA will also be offering bus service from Spokane Falls Community College and back every 15 minutes starting at 8:30 a.m. There also is a free staffed bike corral at High Bridge. 

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