Flooding along the Missouri River didn’t stop the River Relief team and volunteers from having a successful cleanup earlier this spring in Washington.
The cleanup, which was held simultaneously with this year’s Riverfest in April, netted 2.7 tons of trash along a five-mile stretch of riverbanks, which included the Riverfront Trail, Riverfront Park, Lions Lake, Tiemann Drive, Dundee Road and River Access and some scour holes along Augusta Bottom Road.
Despite the river level being at flood stage, more than 70 volunteers braved muddy banks to gather the trash.
“We scouted out places by land that were accessible,” said Steve Schnarr, River Relief program manager.
“We normally take people out in boats and pick up the banks, but this year we had to find places that could be reached by land,” he said.
The group picked up 2.2 tons of refuse for the landfill, .09 ton of recyclable material and 24 tires, which also were recycled.
Among some of the more unusual items were a baby doll arm, a key to a four-wheeler, a turquoise oven door, a hubcap to an old De Soto, a pair of long underwear and a computer motherboard.
But perhaps the most unusual item was an iron commemorative plaque for Matt Ferguson, who lived from 1894 to 1969.
Schnarr said he thinks some of the trash washed up from the Great Flood of 1993.