Volunteers help keep Boise River clean
Photo: Video by IdahoOnYourSide.com
Nearly 500 volunteers walked the banks of the Boise River Saturday morning from Barber Park to Caldwell for the 12th annual Boise RiverSweep.
Armed with trash bags and recycling containers, volunteers removed cans, bottles, diapers, a cell phone and even a gun holster from the river.
The ‘can mans’, made from aluminum cans pulled from the river, also came out to Julia Davis Park to remind people what we don’t want to find floating in our waters.
"The Boise River is the treasure of the valley,” Aimee Hughes from Boise City Public Works said. “It provides not only recreation but a lot of our drinking water as well and it's really important that we keep it clean.”
Hughes says volunteers now face a fortunate problem.
“We're really lucky in that people are actually complaining about not finding enough trash anymore, which is a great thing!” Hughes said. “They're a little bummed about it but it's a great problem to have."
Volunteers returned to a pavilion at Julia Davis Park to celebrate, grab a T-shirt and enjoy a barbecue.
In future years, organizers plan to move volunteers further downstream past Caldwell to help those areas struggling with more trash.
If you want to get involved in the future, the RiverSweep is held every year on the second Saturday in September.