- Associated Press - Monday, June 15, 2015

COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa (AP) - Around 140 volunteers have collected an estimated 10 tons of trash from the Missouri River in western Iowa, according to a nonprofit.

Volunteers on Saturday morning picked up the trash, including propane tanks and an arrow, at a number of sites along the river, The Daily Nonpareil (https://bit.ly/1KSUsPM) reported.

The effort was part of an event by Missouri River Relief, a nonprofit based in Columbia, Missouri, that coordinates clean-ups from South Dakota to St. Louis. Other similar events are scheduled into the fall in other states.

Rebecca and Alaina Pfenning, who are sisters, said they had grown up on the river and wanted to help clean it up. A television full of mud was among the more unique pieces of trash they collected.

“Everybody cares about cleaning up trash, everybody cares about cleaning up the river,” said Dave Crane, a biologist with the Omaha office of the Army Corps of Engineer who helps Missouri River Relief with the event. “This is something everyone can get into.”

Jeff Barrow with Missouri River Relief said he hopes volunteers feel a sense of ownership with the river.

“We wanted people to experience the river, put some sweat equity into it,” Barrow said. “And make it a better place. This is a chance to give back to the river.”

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Information from: The Daily Nonpareil, https://www.nonpareilonline.com


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