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Volunteers take part in the Spring River Clean-Up

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Photo by Steven W. Looney Nine volunteers along with Mammoth Spring State Park Superintendent Dave Jackson and Information Center Manager Adam Davis spent the day on the river for the second Spring River Clean-Up of the year. The crew picked up 25 bags of trash along the banks of Spring River on Saturday, Sept. 8. [Order this photo]
Mammoth Spring State Park Superintendent Dave Jackson and Information Center Manager Adam Davis led the Spring River Clean-Up on Saturday, Sept. 8. Volunteers from the community and park employees helped in the state park's efforts to keep the river clean.

The clean-up team put in at Dam Three and floated down to Many Islands. Many Islands donated the use of canoes and provided free shuttle for the clean-up. The team divided up with half of the volunteers on each side of the river using clamper tools to remove litter and debris floating in the river and along the banks.

Jackson said, "There is work involved, but it is mostly a fun thing. It is an enjoyable event that we do.

We put in at 8:30 a.m. and finished up around 3:30 p.m. We had beautiful weather. It was a perfect day for it."

They collected 25 bags of trash and other miscellaneous items that wouldn't fit in trash bags. Jackson added that it was cleaner than normal. The clean-up usually produces approximately 40 bags of trash.

People in the community still love to enjoy the beautiful Spring River, but there has been a decline of interest in keeping it clean. Jackson said, "We originally had 14 signed up and 9 that showed up. We used to have 30 people volunteer and now it is only about a dozen. There seems to be a decline in interest of the clean-ups," which we've been doing for over 20 years."

June Grant is one of the volunteers that donated her time to keep Spring River clean. "I am a regular and I have gone on about five trips," said Grant.

"I like fishing and swimming on the Spring River, and I like to see that river be clean. There aren't supposed to be any bottles on the river but we are cleaning up bottles and all kinds of trash. I don't like that seeing that in our environment," added Grant.

Grant encouraged people in the community to volunteer their time. "It is something to do and get out and enjoy the river. You are getting exercise and it is a good thing to do. Even though we are working, it is fun and relaxing."

The Mammoth Spring State Park coordinates the community event. There are two clean-ups a year, around Memorial Day and Labor Day weekends. "We try and get the trash after those two busy holidays," said Jackson.

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