River Cleanup to Uncover 20 Tons of Trash

Allison Blood, KMOX News

ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOX) – About 250 people are scheduled to come out and clean up the banks of the Mississippi River Saturday morning.

Living Lands and Waters is putting on the event. Their program manager Tammy Becker says they’ll be pulling up a lot of scrap metal and trash.

“You know, my best guess would probably be about 20 tons,” she said.

She says because of the drought, the water level is really low, and there’s a chance to uncover some things like sunken boats that could be as much as a hundred years old. She says once a volunteer found a message in a bottle. But most of the treasures will end up being recycled.

“About 80 percent of what we find gets recycled,” she said.

People will be digging in the river from 8:30 to 11:30 in the morning. The Great Mississippi River Cleanup is a 22-city project to help preserve the river. This is the third year St. Louis has participated.


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