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Posted on: April 27, 2018

Volunteers Help During Earth Day Cleanup at Coon Rapids Dam

Sunny skies greeted more than 100 volunteers last Sunday at the Coon Rapids Dam.  They arrived to the Earth Day Clean-up event eager to collect as much trash as possible.

With maps in hand, children and adults worked together to collect plastic bags, fishing line and other garbage some of it dating back to the 1970s.  Every winter, garbage arrives from the Mississippi River or the wind and collects in the park.  

The cleanup prevents the trash from continuing down river and prepares the park for another summer of visitors.  At the end of the three hour event, families and scout troops had collected more recyclable material than actual trash.

"The river carries a lot of debris down as it flows through the winter time and some of that is human debris and we like to just get that picked up before the fishing season starts," says Allison Holzer of the Three Rivers Park District.

Volunteers also competed to find the most unusual piece of trash.  The winning item was the bottom half of a rolling office chair.

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