Volunteers clean up 15 tons of trash along Truckee River

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RENO, Nev. (KOLO) - More than 750 volunteers cleaned up about 30,000 pounds of trash and 39,000 pounds of invasive weeds as part of the Keep Truckee Meadows Beautiful Truckee River Cleanup Day.

The Keep Truckee Meadows Beautiful cleanup. Photo by Chris Buckley/KOLO.

The cleanup went from Verdi to Lockwood, KTMB said in a statement.
“Our cleanups, like today’s event, are so much more than just cleaning up trash” Deidre Kennelly, KTMB development director, said in a statement. “They are about bringing together the entire community- including high school groups, families, corporate teams and local businesses- to steward this beautiful area and build that sense of appreciation for what we have here.”

Last year about 820 volunteers removed 56,000 pounds of trash.

In a statement, KTMB said cleanup and beautification projects included litter pick-up, graffiti removal, flower plantings, and invasive weed removal along the river corridor. Volunteers also helped raise awareness about the importance of keeping the Truckee River clean by stenciling ‘No Dumping, Drains to River’ on storm drains.

More information at onetruckeeriver.org.