- Associated Press - Wednesday, September 30, 2015

ALUM CREEK, W.Va. (AP) - Volunteers are being sought to clear tires that have piled up in the Big Coal River near Alum Creek.

The clean-up is scheduled for three days next week, starting Monday.

An estimated 1,000 tires are now littering that section of the river, a practice that began more than a decade ago when people started tossing tires into the water from a bridge.

The tires are an eyesore, and a hazard for kayakers and others who use the river.

The clean-up is being organized by the Coal River Group. Also behind the volunteer effort are AmericCorps’ National Civilian Community Corps and the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection.

The clean-up is part of a larger effort.

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