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Snake River cleanup planned for Saturday

Snake River cleanup planned for Saturday

By Philip Morrow. CREATED Apr 1, 2013

A trash cleanup along one of the more popular stretches of the Snake River is planned for Saturday, April 6, beginning at 9:00a.m. Additional volunteers are needed to help with this effort, sponsored by Idaho Fish and Game and Canyon County Parks, Waterways and Recreation.

Personal gear should include drinking water, snacks, sturdy boots, work gloves, litter sticks and clothing for any kind of spring weather. Participants will meet at Fish and Game’s Map Rock site, located 6.5 miles west of the intersection of Map Rock Road and State Highway 45 at 9:00 that morning. The project should be completed around noon.

The river cleanup will be conducted from Celebration Park downstream to the end of Map Rock Road near Marsing, with trash hauled to a central location for transport to a landfill. Because of a waterfowl nesting closure, federally-owned islands on the Snake River will not be part of the trash collection effort this year.

Past cleanup efforts along this same stretch of river have gathered more than six tons of trash, including all types of furniture, appliances and even a safe which was stolen from an area business.
Area landowners are encouraged to note the cleanup effort date. “We want to inform land owners in advance of the activities planned for that day,” Hardy noted. “So when they see a flurry of activity along the river, they will know what’s going on.”

For more information about volunteering for the Snake River cleanup, please RSVP to Fish and Game maintenance supervisor Dennis Hardy at the Fish and Game Nampa office, (208) 465-8465.

(photo courtesy: Idaho Power)