- Associated Press - Tuesday, July 26, 2016

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - The Iowa Department of Natural Resources says volunteers in canoes have removed more than 40 tons of trash from the Des Moines River in the southeast corner of Iowa.

The 14th annual Project AWARE event organized by DNR had 329 volunteers traveling 52 miles of the river through Wapello, Davis, Van Buren and Lee counties.

The DNR says 183 volunteers ranging in age from 4 to 82 were on the water each day for five days ending on July 15.

Items removed included a motorcycle, a boat, several bathtubs, a car frame and bridge pylons. Volunteers also removed 329 tires.

In addition to removing trash discarded in the river, participants learned about watersheds, water quality, recycling, and other natural resource topics.

AWARE stands for A Watershed Awareness River Expedition.

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