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Clark Fork Coalition preps for annual cleanup

Posted at 11:12 AM, Apr 20, 2019

MISSOULA – Earth Day is right around the corner, and The Clark Fork Coalition is gearing up for its annual river cleanup on Saturday.

Volunteers will pick up trash along 15 miles along the Clark Fork River on Saturday. The check-in is at Caras Park where supplies will be provided.

Volunteers will spread out and clean trash and recyclables along the river. They’ll gather back at noon to sort through the items.

This year is going to be even greener, with biodegradable bags and eating utensils, and water stations instead of water bottles.

Clark Fork Coalition Executive Director Karen Knudsen says cleanup, like housework, is never done.

“The Clark Fork has been such a hard working river over the decades and has suffered some abuses and some degradation. So we’re turning the corner, we’re not there yet,” Knudsen said.

“There’s still a lot that we need to do, and it helps to have community members in Missoula and up and down the Clark Fork River really pitching in and helping.”

A free BBQ lunch and a prize drawing will be provided.