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Volunteers undertake stream cleaning at Noyes Slough, Chena River

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Published: Jun. 11, 2022 at 3:22 PM AKDT
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FAIRBANKS, Alaska (KTVF) - A group of community members gathered in Fairbanks on Saturday, June 11, to clean some of the city’s waterways.

Headquartered at Fairbanks Lions off Danby Road, around 40 volunteers fanned out to cover the Noyes Slough and stretches of the Chena River.

In addition to clearing the rivers, the event hopes to educate the community about how much trash and litter can end up in the city’s waterways, especially over the winter.

The cleanup effort has taken place annually for the last 18 years.

According to Christine Everett, Board Chair of the Tanana Valley Watershed Association (TVWA), in that time volunteers have found some interesting things, including appliances as large as a refrigerator. “Lots of shopping carts, bikes, tires, lots of tires,” Everett said. “We’ve seen camping gear, a full-sized tent a one point... it’s amazing what all you can find out there.”

This event, run by TVWA, is sponsored by the Fairbanks Stormwater Advisory Committee, and includes help from the Fairbanks Host Lions Club.

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