Volunteers Pitch in to Clean Banks of Kanawha River

By: Rahel Solomon Email
By: Rahel Solomon Email

SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ)-- Nearly 20 volunteers gathered Saturday morning in South Charleston to clean up the banks of the Kanawha River.

As part of the annual West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection’s Great Kanawha River Cleanup, volunteers as young as children picked up litter at different sites around the river including near the South Charleston Boat Ramp.

Organizers tell WSAZ.com, the site near MacCorkle Avenue and Jefferson Road was among the worst this year.

“There are several fire sites,” said Youth Coordinator Ashley Hicks, “people have come out here and partied -- just having some summer fun, some fall fun and haven't cleaned up the beer bottles, left their cigarette packs so we wanted to clean it.”

This was the 24th year of the program. According to organizers, last year volunteers picked up two tons of trash and litter from the Kanawha River’s banks.

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