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Volunteers Clean River Banks

By Staff | Jul 22, 2015
Photo by Ed Parsons Volunteers Bill Roberts, Nancy Haught and Jerry Haught participate in the 2015 River Sweep. Below, Northern Mountaineer Bass Club Member Flod Doty cleans the river bank.

The Tyler County Solid Waste Authority and the Northern Mountaineer Bass Club held its annual river sweep on Saturday, July 18, at the Marina in Paden City Park from 9 a.m. to noon.

Each year they organize the event and provide food and drinks and prizes to all volunteers and participants. The dumpster is donated for use by the Solid Waste Authority and The Bass Club members use their own boats to patrol the river banks on both sides of the river and along the islands to collect debris and cleanup garbage. This year the sweep was deemed a success although cleanup was hampered by high water and a low turnout of boats and volunteers.

Event organizer Nancy Haught and members of the bass club expressed their appreciation to those who came out and waded in the mud and picked up tires, plastic barrels, buckets and a lot of other debris that has washed down along the banks and many items that have been left behind by those who litter.

Floyd Doty, a longtime member of the Northern Mountaineer Bass Club, said he always comes out to help because this is where he fishes and it is important to try to keep these waters clean. Especially for the next generation that comes along to be able to enjoy it like he has.

Bill Roberts, of Middlebourne, helped load the dumpster as the boats pulled in. Haught said the turnout was also low as the event had to be postponed earlier this year due to rain and high water.