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Time again to pick up trash on banks of Arkansas River

How much litter ends up along the banks of the Arkansas River near downtown Wichita?

More than a ton a year.

Last year, a rec0rd-setting 600 volunteers picked up 2.8 tons of trash in a few hours, said Libby Albers, an environmental specialist with the city. A lot of the trash is channeled to the river via storm water drains.

Volunteers will once again help clean the river up during the 10th annual River Trash Round-Up from 9 a.m. to noon this Saturday.

Those interested in helping can meet in the southeast corner of the Lawrence-Dumont Stadium parking lot. The city will provide gloves and bags for those who don’t bring their own. Officials suggest wearing long pants and sturdy shoes. Canoeists and kayakers are also invited to help out while paddling the river. Volunteers will get a T-shirt and a bite to eat at a cookout after the clean up.

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